Cicero on Rhetoric: Ethos, Pathos, and Logos

Wesley Callihan tells the story of Cicero and Varres, and how Cicero used Rhetoric to convince his audience that Varres was wrong. We can see the three branches of good rhetoric: Ethos (appeal to authority), Pathos (appeal to emotion), Logos (appeal to reason). This excerpt is taken from The Historians, a unit from the Old Western Culture curriculum on the great books of Western Civilization. For a complete Rhetoric curriculum, where these ideas are taught in depth, see Fitting Words: Classical Rhetoric for the Christian Student, by James Nance. YouTube version

Ted Cruz and Marcus Cicero

O tempora, O mores! (Oh the times! Oh the customs!) Ted Cruz, a republican senator from Texas, made a daring move Thursday—and put a good classical education to work! In a speech against what Cruz perceives as Obama’s overreaching policies and unconstitutional moves, Ted Cruz adapted a famous speech delivered by Marcus Tullius Cicero in 63 B.C. Cicero, a Roman statesman (whose work you get to read in Old Western Culture: The Romans), discovered a plot by Catiline to overthrow the government and ignite a general insurrection in Italy. Cicero delivered a series of speeches, now called the Catiline Orations, exposing Catiline’s plot … Continue Reading “Ted Cruz and Marcus Cicero”