Ciceronian Sicily: an archaeological perspective

R.J. A. Wilson

in Sicily from Aeneas to Augustus

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print December 2000 | ISBN: 9780748613670
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748650996 | DOI:
Ciceronian Sicily: an archaeological perspective

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Of all the political speeches delivered by Marcus Tullius Cicero, it was his Orationes in Caium Verrem that marked an important turning point in the orator's career. His prosecution of Gaius Verres after the latter's turbulent governorship of Sicily was significant not because of Verre's outrageous behaviour as such, but because its triumphant success marked Cicero as the most brilliant of the younger advocates of his day. Thus, it is from Cicero that this chapter learns that a version of the Hieronian tithe system continued to function in Sicily. Such has been the explosion of archaeological research in Sicily since the late 1970s. The chapter sets the picture of first-century bc Sicily in its wider archaeological context: its urbanism, the state and towns around the time of Verres' governorship.

Keywords: Marcus Tullius Cicero; Gaius Verres; governorship; Sicily; tithe system; urbanism

Chapter.  8548 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Greek and Roman Archaeology

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