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Templi, case ed eloquenza. Alcuni appunti sull'impiego di metafore architettoniche tra Cicerone e Tacito


This paper is focused on the presence of some metaphorical images, in Cicero’s and Tacitus’s rhetorical texts, taken mainly from the architectural language. Such presence, usually into a wider allegorical imagery that includes images related to the home and to the temple, becomes constant in the Roman rhetorical treatises. On the other hand, when these images emerge frequently in the Aper’s speech in the dialogus de oratoribus, we may notice that they show a radical change in the eloquence, in its function and in its social perception.