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Cicero's use of personal exempla

Henriette van der Blom

in Cicero's Role Models

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780199582938
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191723124 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199582938.003.0009

Series: Oxford Classical Monographs

Cicero's use of personal exempla

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This chapter analyses Cicero's choice and employment of personal exempla throughout his works and over the entirety of his career, with an aim to convey his rhetorical and political strategy and hence his attempts to build up a public persona with political impact. The structure is mainly chronological, and the focus is on Cicero's cumulative adding of new representations (or personae) and the development of existing personae over time through an analysis of the personal exempla adopted. Cicero's careful selection and flexible use of personal exempla such as Crassus, Antonius, Marius, Metellus Numidicus, Aemilius Scaurus, and others helped him to accumulate and develop a range of personae suitable for a number of occasions.

Keywords: personal exempla; new man; consul; exile and recall; Caesar's dictatorship; intellectual life; speeches; treatises; letters; Crassus; Antonius; Marius; Metellus Numidicus; Aemilius Scaurus

Chapter.  55656 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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