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EL336:Direnzo-The End of the Orator

"......Tiro transcribed and edited Cicero’s speeches, composed, collected, and eventually published his voluminous correspondence, and organized and managed his archives and library." (Direnzo. His Master's Voice)
I can full understand now how Rome became such a strong empire. The idea of an ancient secretary. Considered to one of Rome's greatest orators, Cicero's speeches were collected and published by Tiro, who took over after the death of Cicero. Tiro then became the orator's literary executor and biographer. Speech was strong among the city states, but educated people such as Tiro learned from the orators, who to them were mentors, were the ones who kept the orator's speeches alive. With a new form of government, came a new way of communication.


"Educated people such as Tiro learned from the orators..."

Tiro and his fellow scribes may have learned their craft from other writers, but I wonder what they learned from the orators? What are you referring to here, Jeremy? It's an interesting thought.

It's too bad that we apparently don't have any surviving copies of Tiro's own works. It would be great if we could compare his ideas and beliefs with those of his mentor, Cicero. I wonder if there would have been a noticeable change as communication shifted from speech to writing; that is, if the transition affected not only the orators, but also the scribes, perhaps allowing them to see themselves in a new light. I believe there was some mention of the ancient secretaries being portrayed as narcissistic in the literature of the time.

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