Cicero: Collective Revision and a Literary Republic

Sean Alexander Gurd

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Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199837519
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199919505 | DOI:

Series: American Philological Association American Classical Studies Series

Cicero: Collective Revision and a Literary Republic

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Cicero conceived literature as a social undertaking in which texts not only expressed the preferences of communities engaged in their revision, but by being the topic of discussion could also be used as the basis for community formation. I believe that this led Cicero to articulate a surprising view on literary finish: he valued the incomplete over the complete precisely because what was not yet perfect could be discussed and therefore serve as the site of communal dialogue.

Keywords: Cicero; revision; community; textual communities; incompletion; Brutus; De re publica

Chapter.  14556 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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