By Maridien Schneider
This monograph explores Marcus Tullius Cicero's expertise and interpretation of up to date political occasions as mirrored in his inner most correspondence over the last years of either the Roman republic and his personal existence. Cicero's correspondence supplies an in depth view of present political occasions in Rome and constitutes, including Caesar's writings, our significant modern proof for the conditions of the civil conflict of forty nine BC. The theoretical enter of Cicero's predecessors, their perceptions of constitutional improvement (in specific of Roman politics) in addition to Cicero's notion in their political theories are scrutinized to figure out the level of Cicero's knowledge of a bigger development of political occasions.
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Hariman (1989), for instance, offers the letters to Atticus as ‘a literature of political thought’ (145). He sees the letters as Cicero’s effort to create his own republican persona as the embodiment of the political culture of the Roman republic, thereby designing what Hariman calls a ‘republican style’, to maximise the political opportunities inherent in republican government. Dettenhofer (1990), slightly more persuasively, suggests that the philosophical allusions in the letters, a year before Caesar’s murder, between Cicero and C.
Barnes (1997) on Cicero’s possible acquaintance with Aristotle’s Rhetoric, his Topics and Ethics. 48 It is not my intention here to differentiate in any detail between the distinct genres of ancient and modern historiography. Cf. Schneider (1995). ) still perseveres. Veyne (1992:204-5) rightly gives a concise description of both optimates and populares as rich oligarchs. 49 Brunt, in The fall of the Roman Republic and related essays (1988), disposes of many of the modern stereotypical perceptions about Roman institutions such as clientship, factions and friendship.
This letter, as most of Cicero’s correspondence of January 49, rings with frequent allusions to foreknowledge or the lack thereof. 1). 92 Nevertheless, Caesar’s narrative displays a defensive tone unlike that found in his commentary on the Gallic wars. Caesar’s self-portrait here shows him as ‘defender’ of the res publica whose prime objective is to seek peace. In striving towards this aim and in his acts of patriotism he is opposed by the enemies of the res from his army, he keeps many pople tied to him with hopes and promises, and he covets everything that belongs to all other people).