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Aspects of the Language of Latin Prose$
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Tobias Reinhardt, Michael Lapidge, and J. N. Adams

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780197263327

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197263327.001.0001

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Pope’s Spider and Cicero’s Writing

Pope’s Spider and Cicero’s Writing

(p.178) (p.179) Pope’s Spider and Cicero’s Writing
Aspects of the Language of Latin Prose

G. O. Hutchinson

British Academy

This chapter presents a line from Pope’s An Essay on Man. It specifically reuses the spider that ‘Feels at each thread, and lives along the line’ as an image to introduce a way of looking at the writing in Cicero’s oratory. The chapter also focuses on one speech, the Pro S. Roscio, which receives an unusual amount of comment in Cicero’s work from the forties. The discussion of passages may show, perhaps more than has been done before, how much is involved in reading Cicero. The greatest hope is that it may encourage people to read Cicero with no less intensity and sophistication than Latin poetry.

Keywords:   Pope, spider, Cicero, writing, Essay on Man, Latin poetry, Pro S. Roscio

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