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By Robert Morstein-Marx

Analyzing how public political discourse motivated the distribution of strength among the Senate and other people within the past due Roman Republic (133-42 BC), this paintings analyzes comprehensively the "ideology" of Republican mass oratory. Robert Morstein-Marx analyzes it in the institutional, old and actual contexts of the general public conferences during which those speeches have been heard. Morstein-Marx emphasizes the perpetual negotiation and replica of strength via communique.

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However, not even Millar has said that it was. The point of lingering so long over what is manifestly an ideal of democratic deliberation is not speciously to refute the “democratic” thesis by defining democracy in such a way that it is placed well out of reach, but to highlight the limitations and potentially distorting simplifications of the “common-sense” model of persuasion, which alone would give strong content to Millar’s application of the word “democracy” to the Roman Republic. Of course, every model is a simplification of reality.

Admittedly, Bohman (like Knight and Johnson 1997), influenced by Amartya Sen’s “capabilities” approach to equality, goes well beyond Habermas here, who seems quite prepared to countenance great asymmetries between participants in deliberation, among them that of access and control over information (p. 342). On this point, however, Bohman’s criticism of Habermas strikes me as quite valid. 24 Mass Oratory and Political Power the questions of interest here – questions rather like those posed about US presidential inauguration speeches by the political scientist Richard A.

But, since it was an educated and trained e´lite that actually articulated contional discourse, while the audience was restricted to listening and vocally conferring or withholding approval of what that e´lite had brought before it, it would seem quite implausible to deny to the political e´lite of Republican Rome a high degree of agency in, and control over, the generation 67 68 Cic. Leg. Man. 11–12, 14, 54–55. A few years later Cicero complains that contiones were now dominated by disruptive Phrygians, Mysians, and similarly decadent “Greeks” (Flac.

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