Forensic Oratory

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:

So George … now I am on a mission. 


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