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Cicero's Role Models: The Political Strategy of a Newcomer

ISBN : 9780199582938

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Author: 
Henriette van der Blom
Pages
400 Pages
Format
Hardcover
Size
161 x 238 mm
Pub date
Sep 2010
Series
Oxford Classical Monographs
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This book is about the famous Roman orator and statesman Cicero and his rhetorical and political strategy as a newcomer in Roman republican politics. Henriette van der Blom argues that Cicero advertised himself as a follower of chosen models of behaviour from the past - his role models - and in turn presented himself as a role model to others. This new angle provides fresh insights into the political and literary career of one of the best-known Romans, and into the political discourse of the late Roman Republic.

Index: 

INTRODUCTION
1. Mos, maiores, and historical exempla in Roman culture and society
2. Mos, maiores, and historical exempla in Cicero
I. CICERO, THE HOMO NOVUS
3. Cicero's background and education
4. Nobilis and homo novus
II. CICERO'S USE OF HISTORICAL EXEMPLA
5. Definitions of historical exempla and personal exemplum
6. The nature and functions of historical exempla
III. CICERO'S ROLE MODELS
7. Cicero's alternative claims to ancestry
8. Cicero's use of personal exempla
IV. CICERO AS EXEMPLUM
9. Cicero's roles as exemplum
10. An exemplum and teacher to the younger generation
11. A family exemplum
CONCLUSION

About the author: 

Henriette van der Blom, Research Fellow, Wolfson College, Oxford

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