The rhetorical context of Cicero’s orations- speeches- to the Roman Senate regarding Catiline, a conspirator and enemy of the republic, was very important indeed.
Cicero’s words held vast importance because with his words he was able to manipulate masses of people into believing that Catiline was up to no good. These words put a fear into the minds of Catiline’s supporters who were to be punished or even executed.
Cicero was famous for his expertise in the persuasive language of rhetoric. His talent came into frequent use throughout his life, until one day he was unable to put his skills into full force which lead to his death by murder.