By Chrétien de Troyes
Brilliant adventures abound in those courtly romances: Erec and Enide, Cligés, The Knight of the Cart, The Knight with the Lion, and The tale of the Grail.
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Why note that a packed meeting of the senate so fully aligned itself with his statement that only a single enemy of the people dissented, and that very fact was entrusted to the public records, so that generations to come would ever remember it . . the senate decreed that no one was to watch the heavens for omens, that no one was to bring to bear any cause for delay, and that if anyone did otherwise, he would patently be seeking to overturn the commonwealth: his act would be regarded most Cicero’s Speech: Structure, Premises, Strategy 29 gravely by the senate and be made the subject of discussion in that body.
3–50)—no doubt in part because most of the substantive charges had been addressed by Marcus Crassus (Cael. 23; Caelius had already spoken on his own behalf, too), but also because Cicero found it easier to speak to Caelius’ character than address the remaining charges, and because blackening the character of Clodia, as an anticipated prosecution witness, was a chief goal in the speech. The present speech’s deviation from the norm is more striking still. There is indeed an introduction in which Cicero frames the chief issues of the case (1–2) and starts to create for himself an appropriate character, that of a loyal friend and patriot aggrieved by the persecution of another patriot who has also done him great personal service (3–5).
49; Cicero alleged that Bestia saved Sestius’ life when he was attacked, in the episode that Wgures in Sest. 79 V. In the present speech too we Wnd Cicero defending one man while praising another who was also facing prosecution: the encomium of Milo at 85 V. is very much developed with an eye to his defence, which Cicero was assisting, see esp. ) n. 47 The trial began with the selection of the panel of ‘judges’ (iudices) who rendered the verdict. ), the participants took their seats in the open air of the forum, the presiding oYcer and his assistants on the tribunal, the judges facing the benches where the interested parties sat, with the speakers for the prosecution and their witnesses on one side of the court, the defendant, his advocates, witnesses, and 47 The advocates are named at Schol.