<i>Mos</i>, <i>maiores</i>, and historical exempla in Cicero

Henriette van der Blom

in Cicero's Role Models

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780199582938
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191723124 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Classical Monographs

Mos, maiores, and historical exempla in Cicero

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Moving from the place and function of mos maiorum and maiores in Roman culture generally, this chapter looks specifically at Cicero's understanding and employment of the ancestors and their tradition in both a cultural and political context. Cicero's discussions of maiores and their actions reveal him as a man steeped in the traditional culture of ancestral authority, yet his background as a new man made him especially sensitive to the flexibility, inconsistencies, limitations, even dangers, of such claims to ancestral authority. This sensitivity is reflected in his political rhetoric, as the following chapters set out to demonstrate.

Keywords: mos maiorum; Maiores; historical exempla; ancestral tradition; Cicero's use of maiores

Chapter.  3852 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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