An exemplum and teacher to the younger generation

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

An exemplum and teacher to the younger generation

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As part of his intended image as a trustworthy guide and as an exemplary citizen, Cicero set himself up as a teacher and adviser to the younger generation of politicians in order to share his knowledge and experience with the young men and thereby influence their actions and politics in general. Cicero's patronage of younger men is analysed in light of the patronage he enjoyed in his youth. By imitating his own mentors, Cicero continued a tradition of selection of subjects worth teaching and their content as well as a tradition of teaching method. In this way, he again took the exemplarity claimed on behalf of his personal exempla and transferred it to himself.

Keywords: Cicero as exemplum; teacher; pupil; patronage; education; political influence

Chapter.  2514 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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