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Caractérisation de l'ethos épistolaire de Cicéron à partir de l'étude des citations grecques versifiées de la Correspondance

Abstract : This study aims to determine the distinguishing features that are characteristic of Cicero’s epistolary writing through the identification, processing and analysis of versified Greek quotations in Epistles. We will demonstrate that the quotation style present in Cicero’s letters – that is to say, of using the words of others for his own benefit – is linked to the discursive strategies at the origin of the construction of his ethos, the two being in fact complementary. Since the presence of Greek is never inconsequential in Epistles, we believe that it is by studying the versified Greek quotations in particular that we will be able to link – in part – the complexities of the Greco-Latin bilingual mechanism to the construction of the epistolary ethos of our author. Our research will be presented in three stages: first, we will explore the concept of Greek ethos, then the practice of quotation in the Greco-Latin world of the first century B.C.; and finally we will compare the practice of versification in Ancient classical literature with the practice of enriching one’s letters with versified Greek quotations. We will proceed by discussing the methodology used to collect our data and by presenting our corpus. In the third and final part, we will classify our data into two categories that are likely to meet our objective. On the one hand, we will classify the versified Greek quotations according to the genre of the original work in which they appear, and on the other hand, we will group them into three categories, according to whether they are literal, truncated, or modified quotations. With these two classifications, we hope to obtain a first glimpse of the characteristics of Cicero’s epistolary writing and, by the same token, to identify the construction of his ethos as an epistolary writer.
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Cécile Jullion. Caractérisation de l'ethos épistolaire de Cicéron à partir de l'étude des citations grecques versifiées de la Correspondance. Littératures. 2021. ⟨dumas-03254018⟩



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