By C. E. W. Steel
This examine of Cicero's political oratory and Roman imperialism within the overdue Republic bargains new readings of ignored speeches. C.E.W. metal examines the position and capacities of political oratory and places Cicero's angle to empire, with its barriers and weaknesses, within the context of wider debates between his contemporaries at the difficulties of empire.
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22 Verres’ masculine identity is under threat, and as so often the implication of unrestrained sexual appetites conﬁrms, paradoxically, that his manhood is precariously based. The implication that Verres is in some sense Greek might seem to be a very eﬀective way of casting doubt on his status as a Roman imperator, but in fact Cicero is sparing in his use of this technique. He does exploit the political side of easternness at one point, where he likens Verres to a tyrant (2. 3. 76): 21 Cf. Numanus Remulus’ scornful description of the Trojans’ costume: ‘et tunicae manicas et habent redimicula mitrae’ (Virgil, Aen.
Cultural Identity in the Roman Empire (London: Routledge, 1998). 36 Carrying of bribes in the trial of Sopater (2. 2. 69–75), and between farmers and Apronius (2. 3. 69); assignation of censors (2. 2. 133); taking money for the building of statues to honour Verres (2. 2. 144); writing a letter of advice to Apronius when Verres had left Sicily (2. 3. 94); accepting bribes during the trial of the naval oﬃcers (2. 5. 116–20). 37 This is not quite the ﬁrst place Timarchides is mentioned: that is during the description of the trial of Sopater earlier in the second speech.
1). ‘hic uehementer errat Timarchides, qui aut Volteium pecunia corrumpi putet posse, aut Metellum unius arbitratu gerere praeturam, sed errat coniectura domestica. ’ 48 42 Romans in the provinces 49 ‘without diﬃculty’. 50 And it is not just Timarchides and Apronius who have used Verres in this way: many have been able to exploit his weaknesses. A third, related, point is the comparison between Verres and his successor Metellus. Metellus is not vulnerable in the way that Verres was, and so Timarchides’ advice is fundamentally misconceived.