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January 30, 2008

EL 336 - Freelance Scribe

"Cicero reworked Tiro's transcripts into written drafts of his speeches , which Tiro then polished, edited, and duplicated." (pg.10)

It was a real eye opener to me that one could consider anciet scribes as secretaries. I guess in reality that is really what there role is. when one thinks about it, a secretary is just an elongation of a scribe. It also makes me think about how people in the role of power (CEO's, heads of business, etc) really do not have the skills to write. Back in the Roman Republic though it wasn't part of their job. Nowadays, writers actually get hired to write for people who are the heads of major corporations and who do not know how to write proposals or things of that nature. I wonder if Cicero were around today if that is what he would be doing, freelance writing. Would he still get the fame and fortune he gained back in the ancient times? Probably not. How often do you hear about the writer who writes the statements for Donald Trump?

Posted by RachelPrichard at January 30, 2008 4:30 PM


I think it is very interesting that you looked at people in power as not having the ability to write well. Most of the time you think of them as being well versed in many fields of academia. In contrast on my blog I argued that the people with the good educations are those that are superior in society and have more power than the illiterate.

Posted by: Leslie Rodriguez at February 6, 2008 8:40 PM

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