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Introductory Seminars for First-Year Students
Eloquence Personified: How To Speak Like Cicero
This first-year seminar aims to introduce participants to Cicero's Rome and Roman rhetoric, and to practice his art of speaking well. After reading a short rhetorical treatise by Cicero, we will analyze a Ciceronian speech and then more recent speeches by American politicians. We will also watch a few oratorical performances to learn about the delivery. During the remainder of the term we will practice rhetoric (in part resuming ancient preliminary exercises—progymnasmata), and participants will be asked to prepare and deliver in class two speeches of seven and ten minutes in length.