Making an <i>Exemplum</i> of Yourself: Cicero and Augustus

Michèle Lowrie

in Classical Constructions

Published in print October 2007 | ISBN: 9780199218035
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191711534 | DOI:
Making an Exemplum of Yourself: Cicero and Augustus

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This chapter looks at two points in the precipitous spiral where attempts were made to control exemplarity, and particularly to turn the person trying to do the controlling into an exemplum himself. The people referred to here are Cicero and Augustus. Certainly, the failure of Cicero to meet the example he sets himself, and the tendency of the examples he uses to turn against him show that he could control neither the examples he uses, nor his own exemplarity.

Keywords: exemplarity; exemplum; Cicero; Augustus; Velleius Paterculus

Chapter.  8844 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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