Candidature and Consulship

Andrew Lintott

in Cicero as Evidence

Published in print February 2008 | ISBN: 9780199216444
Published online May 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780191712180 | DOI:
Candidature and Consulship

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This chapter discusses Cicero' consular candidature and consulship. Cicero was elected consul by the unanimous vote of all the centuries required to give him the necessary majority. There is no existing correspondence for his consular year; he left a public record of that year in the form of a commentary written in both Latin and Greek, which unfortunately no longer survives. Furthermore, in the middle of 60 BC he wrote up a number of his consular speeches for publication. The first two were the speech to the senate on 1 January and that to the people on the agrarian law; the third one supporting the praetor Otho over the segregation of the equites in the theatre; the fourth the defence of C. Rabirius against the treason charge; the fifth a speech in opposition to the restoration of privileges to those proscribed by Sulla; the sixth Cicero's address to the people when he surrendered the right to go to a province. There followed four Catilinarian Orations and an appendix of two brief speeches on the agrarian law. Of these, the four Catilinarians, the whole of the speech to the people on the agrarian law, part of the preceding speech to the senate on 1 January, another brief speech on the same topic, and a fragmentary text of the pro Rabirio are considered.

Keywords: Commentariolum; Rullus; Catilinarian speeches; Ciceronian speeches

Chapter.  10291 words. 

Subjects: Classical History

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