By C. E. W. Steel
This learn of Cicero's political oratory and Roman imperialism within the past due Republic deals new readings of overlooked speeches. C.E.W. metal examines the function and capacities of political oratory and places Cicero's perspective to empire, with its obstacles and weaknesses, within the context of wider debates between his contemporaries at the difficulties of empire.
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3. 159 Cicero says that Timarchides referred to Metellus’ son, Romans in the provinces 41 in its exhortation to Apronius to get into favour with the new governor, and simply presenting it is a coup for Cicero. 47 In order to make the most of this document, Cicero has to interlard his quotations with remarks of his own. One eﬀect is to reinforce the characterizations of Apronius and Timarchides. Cicero draws attention to Timarchides’ status: he is an accensus, an attendant, and Cicero compares this to a scriba, thus drawing attention to the fact that Timarchides had no oﬃcial position (and suggesting that Verres was wrong to entrust so much to someone of Timarchides’ standing) (2.
24 The force of this passage, however, is based on Verres’ identity being ﬁrmly Roman, since the horror of the attack is that Rome has been defeated by non-Romans. So Cicero indicates Verres by the title of the oﬃce he holds, praetor, and uses the Greek terms pirata and myoparo of the pirates. Verres can show foreign traits in his own dealings with the unfortunate Sicilians, but the full enormity of his failure as a military commander can only be made clear if his readers ﬁx their minds ﬁrmly on the fact that Verres is a Roman general.
52 Cf. Cael. 6–9; 2nd Phil. 44 ﬀ . 44 Romans in the provinces Cicero attacks Verres in a wide variety of ways, because he is drawing on a whole range of beliefs about the desirable behaviour of a Roman magistrate while outside Italy and showing that Verres does not fulﬁl any of the criteria. He has failed in his duties to the Roman people, most notably the military ones; he has failed to behave towards the people of Sicily as he should; and he has failed in the much broader sense of being a good Roman, maintaining appropriate standards of morality and decorum.