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Persuasion and Propaganda in Ancient Rome: Cicero's Oratory

You think social rivals throw shade now? Wait 'til you see the mudslinging of Cicero.
Persuasion and Propaganda in Ancient Rome: Cicero's Oratory is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 20.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great treatment of Cicero's outrageous oratory Enjoyed this rapid-paced glib introduction to the verbal shenanigans of Cicero, a paragon of oratory with feet of clay. Aldrete is an entertaining and informative teacher, and I watched his two part history of Rome more than once. Now we know where Roger Stone might have gotten all of his nasty tricks, baseless aspersions, and ad hominin attacks. Yet Cicero remains a model for trial lawyers today.
Date published: 2022-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Should be required viewing I have seen what politicians, lawyers and others are doing and saying today, but I had no idea that their strategies and schemes are 2,000 years old. This course is a wonderful overview of how to twist and mislead a discussion and debate. It is very informative and extremely valuable for everyone to know so they can be aware of what is happening when these techniques are being used. This course should be required viewing for every citizen.
Date published: 2022-09-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent lecture Now I understand how emotion plays such a huge role in politics, and how science & fact are pretty much invisible. A little scary to think how such devious tactics can be so successful in convincing people to believe one side or the other. Prof Aldrete does a great job describing it succinctly & with illustrations. Makes me want to learn more.
Date published: 2022-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent intro to issues Offers insightful illustrations in a one-episode program. Glad I came across this.
Date published: 2022-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ENTHUSIASTIC DISSECTION Obviously, the professor's adroit attempt at conveying the essence of Cicero's contribution to oratory and crowd manipulation is abbreviated due to the constraints of time. Nonetheless, the ideas and concepts expressed by the professor are revealing. That one man, Cicero, played such an important role in defining the human psyche's vulnerability to persuasion that his contribution still inspires awe. The professor's delivery and his articulation of 'the mind of Cicero' entices the curious mind to know more about Cicero. The video is tightly composed, the lecture articulate and concise, and, for his part, the professor did a masterful job exhuming Cicero's remarkable legacy.
Date published: 2022-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thoroughly enjoyed this lecture and felt amazed at the end when the professor said that you must be making mental notes from your experiences of contemporary politicians employing these strategies. I am from Pakistan and these days, the political situation is very uncertain due to a 'no confidence' motion moved by the Opposition against the prime minister who has taken his case to the public and using precisely all of the strategies from Cicero. Humans are just the same, whatever the era and age.
Date published: 2022-03-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Succinct Possibly the most I've learned from a single lecture.
Date published: 2022-01-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting take Interesting take on Cicero's oratory. Could have been more balanced though rather than picking out only negative examples that are so glaringly obvious. Would also like to have seen what strategies could work against such attacks. The goal of persuasion is not to render the audience powerless. But the lecture was interesting and held my attention. It could have used a brief summary of the points made, if only the list of strategies.
Date published: 2021-12-24
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Overview

Uncover the secrets of ancient Roman rhetoric-that which has given life to our modern debate, speeches, and even mud-slinging.

About

Gregory S. Aldrete

As an ancient historian, my goals are to share the enthusiasm for and fascination with antiquity that I feel, and to show some of the connections between that world and our own.

INSTITUTION

University of Wisconsin, Green Bay

Dr. Gregory S. Aldrete is Professor of Humanistic Studies and History at the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay, where he has taught since 1995. He earned his B.A. from Princeton University and his master's degree and Ph.D. in Ancient History from the University of Michigan. Honored many times over for his research and his teaching, Professor Aldrete was named by his university as the winner of its highest awards in each category, receiving both its Founders Association Award for Excellence in Scholarship and its Founders Association Award for Excellence in Teaching. That recognition of his teaching skills was echoed on a national level in 2009, when he received the American Philological Association Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Classics at the College Level-the national teaching award given annually by the professional association of classics professors. The recipient of many prestigious research fellowships including five from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Professor Aldrete has published several important books in his field, including Gestures and Acclamations in Ancient Rome; Floods of the Tiber in Ancient Rome; Daily Life in the Roman City: Rome, Pompeii, and Ostia; The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Daily Life I: The Ancient World (as editor); Unraveling the Linothorax Mystery: Reconstructing and Testing Ancient Linen Body Armor (with S. Bartell and A. Aldrete) and The Long Shadow of Antiquity: What Have the Greeks and Romans Done for Us (with A. Aldrete).

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Persuasion and Propaganda in Ancient Rome: Cicero's Oratory

01: Persuasion and Propaganda in Ancient Rome: Cicero's Oratory

Meet Cicero, one of the greatest public speakers of all time, and learn how he applied the tools of creating and delivering speeches that not only resonated with the public but persuaded them to his way of thinking. Join Professor Gregory S. Aldrete from the University of Wisconsin to delve into ancient Roman rhetoric techniques and discover how they provided the groundwork for both positive and negative methods we use in modern political campaigning.

37 min