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S. J. Heyworth

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199218035

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199218035.001.0001

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Making an Exemplum of Yourself: Cicero and Augustus

Making an Exemplum of Yourself: Cicero and Augustus

(p.91) 5 Making an Exemplum of Yourself: Cicero and Augustus
Classical Constructions

Michèle Lowrie

Oxford University Press

This chapter looks at two points in the precipitous spiral where attempts were made to control exemplarity, and particularly to turn the person trying to do the controlling into an exemplum himself. The people referred to here are Cicero and Augustus. Certainly, the failure of Cicero to meet the example he sets himself, and the tendency of the examples he uses to turn against him show that he could control neither the examples he uses, nor his own exemplarity.

Keywords:   exemplarity, exemplum, Cicero, Augustus, Velleius Paterculus

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