Today I am researching Cicero.
What good comes of such research?
Who was Cicero?
Questions and more questions … That’s the thing that makes research like a stroll in the desert. You sometimes end up facing as many questions as there are grains of sand in a shifting sand dune.
I decided I would just stop at the first unfamiliar expression I stumbled across. This unknown expression torned out to be “forensic oratory” in the essay “Moral Goodness” by Marcus Tullius Cicero.
” I believe, of course, that if Plato had been willing to devote himself to forensic oratory, he could have spoken with the greatest eloquence and power; and that if Demosthenes had continued the studies he pursued with Plato and had wished to expound his views, he could have done so with elegance and brilliancy. I feel the same way about Aristotle and Isocrates, each of whom, engrossed in his own profession, undervalued that of the other.”
Source:Book I. Chapter I. Page 4
DE OFFICIIS. Marcus Tullius Cicero. Translated by Walter Miller.
Loeb edn. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1913.
Where did I find this on the internet?
At the URL:http://www.constitution.org/rom/de_officiis.htm
So George … now I am on a mission.