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Seeing the Whole in Cicero’s Brutus

By Christopher S. van den Berg

This paper examines Cicero’s Brutus (46 BCE), arguing that Cicero there presents the most elaborate and sophisticated version in his writings of a trans-generic conception of literature. Cicero’s Brutus (46 B.C.E.) has largely been understood thus far in terms of its most salient feature, that is, as an evolutionary catalogue of orators culminating in Cicero’s own accomplishments.