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Creative EloquenceThe Construction of Reality in Cicero's Speeches$
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Ingo Gildenhard

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199291557

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199291557.001.0001

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Ontological Elevation and Divine Favouritism

Ontological Elevation and Divine Favouritism

(p.255) 9 Ontological Elevation and Divine Favouritism
Creative Eloquence

Ingo Gildenhard

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores Cicero's handling of two modes of religious self‐promotion by Roman aristocrats in the last centuries of the republic that posed a significant threat to the republican tradition of senatorial government: the ontological elevation of specific humans to divine status; and claims to special divine favouritism. The case studies discuss his eulogy of Pompey in the pro Lege Manilia, as well as his religious self‐promotion in the Catilinarians and his epic poem de Consulatu suo.

Keywords:   Catilinarians, consulate, de Consulatu suo, divine favouritism, ontology, Pompey, pro lege Manilia, self‐promotion

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