Religious Studies

Maik Patzelt

Praying as a 'Woman among Men'

Reconsidering Clodius' Failed Prayer in Cicero's Speech On his House

Volume 5 () / Issue 2, pp. 271-291 (21)
Published 15.01.2020

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This paper particularly argues against the idea of a strictly formalised, repetitive prayer with raised arms and low emotional impact. By focusing on the vocality of prayer and by investigating Cicero's argumentative strategy against P. Clodius Pulcher in his speech De domo sua, this paper claims that the famous failed prayer of Clodius was a huge success.

Maik Patzelt Born 1987; lecturer in Ancient History at the University of Osnabrueck, Germany.