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Philosophy and Power in the Graeco-Roman WorldEssays in Honour of Miriam Griffin$
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Gillian Clark and Tessa Rajak

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780198299905

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198299905.001.0001

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Cicero: A Man of Letters in Politics

Cicero: A Man of Letters in Politics

(p.173) Cicero: A Man of Letters in Politics
Philosophy and Power in the Graeco-Roman World

Zvi Yavetz

Oxford University Press

This chapter argues that Cicero, so immediately recognizable as a human being, has carried the burden of unreasonable expectations. It evokes, with firmness and sympathy, the pressures on a power-holder who must make political judgements without time for philosophical reflection. Cicero is not a philosopher or even an intellectual in politics: he is an intellectual politician, a man of letters.

Keywords:   Cicero, power, politics, intellectual politician

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