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The Mediator and the Partisans

Andrew Lintott

in Cicero as Evidence

Published in print February 2008 | ISBN: 9780199216444
Published online May 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780191712180 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199216444.003.0016
The Mediator and the Partisans

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This chapter focuses on Cicero's letters that express his reactions to the crisis involving Caesar and Pompey, as well as various kinds of reflection. Among these reactions are exasperation over Pompey's failure in Italy and his retreat abroad, especially as the latter means that any hope of preventing full-scale civil war is lost; secondly, there is deliberation over his own proper conduct in the circumstances; and thirdly, associated with this, there is the recall of past civil war and its potentially horrific consequences. The influence of the wars between the Marians and Sulla, which dominated Cicero's youth, on his thoughts is discussed.

Keywords: Pompey; Caesar; Marians; Sulla; letters; political crisis

Chapter.  10498 words. 

Subjects: Classical History

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