Cicero later dismissed it and argued that their other oratorical works had superceded it.
B. In the Orator
An extended treatise, by means of a discussion, regarding the perfect orator.
It also contains useful discussions of the nature of and the relationships among law, philosophy, and rhetoric while it is full of detail which can be tedious to those who are not deeply interested in the theory of rhetoric. Cicero places rhetoric above both law and philosophy, arguing that the orator that is ideal have learned both legislation and philosophy (including normal philosophy) and would include eloquence besides. He contends that back many years ago philosophy and rhetoric had been taught together, and that they have now been separated that it is unfortunate. Top orator would additionally be the very best human being, that would realize the proper solution to live, work through speeches, through the example of his life, and through making good laws upon it by taking a leading role in politics, and instruct others in it. Read more