By Henriette van der Blom
This publication is set the recognized Roman orator and statesman Cicero and his rhetorical and political process as a newcomer in Roman republican politics. Henriette van der Blom argues that Cicero marketed himself as a follower of selected types of behaviour from the previous - his position versions - and in flip awarded himself as a task version to others. This special approach presents clean insights into the political and literary profession of 1 of the best-known Romans, and into the
political discourse of the past due Roman Republic.
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Mos, maiores, and exempla in Cicero 23 upper-class males. 25 The prime motive for acting virtuously on behalf of the state was to secure one’s memory and obtain honour, in other words, to become an exemplum. However, there is a difference between true gloria and ‘the pretended representation of glory’ (adumbrata imago gloriae). Only through performing duties in the appropriate way can good men (boni) approve the action and true gloria be obtained. 27 This criticism ties in with the idea of moral decline present in Cicero’s age and he introduces a further factor in the pursuit of honour: that honour is dependent on the opinions of other people and that the moral standing of these people qualiﬁes the glory.
Cic. 1. Cic. Brut. 309; Acad. Pr. 115; Nat. D. 6. 23 Cic. De or. 104; Brut. 310. 24 Cic. Brut. 205–7. 25 Cic. De or. 201; Orat. 120; Brut. 322. The range of historical exempla used by Cicero is vast in both time and space, but he limits his range to suit the particular contexts in which he spoke, as we shall see in Chapter 6. 26 Cic. Brut. 310. 27 Cic. Phil. 27. 28 Cic. Div. 72; Plut. Cic. 2. 29 Cic. Att. 3; Pis. 5 (turned down command after consulship), Fam. 2 (sent out to Cilicia against own wishes), Att.
Cf. Plut. Cic. 2. 9 Cic. De or. 1092 records a group of soldiers participating in Antonius’ Cilician campaign among whom ‘L. Tullius, M. ’ ﬁgures, that is, Cicero’s uncle L. Tullius Cicero. 10 The family occupied a house in the Carinae area, which Quintus took over when Cicero moved to the Palatine in 62 BC: Cic. Q Fr. 7; Plut. Cic. 8. For a short overview of Cicero’s education see Corbeill (2002a). 12 Cicero was also in contact with the other great orator of this period, M. 13 Crassus and Antonius clearly inﬂuenced Cicero’s rhetorical training.