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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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Cicero's Theodicy

Cicero's Theodicy

(p.299) 10 Cicero's Theodicy
Creative Eloquence

Ingo Gildenhard

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores Cicero's religious warfare with Clodius in three orations he delivered after his return from exile: the de Domo sua, the de Haruspicum Responso, and the pro Milone. All three speeches are deeply imbued with the axioms and the ideology of Rome's civic religion; at the same time, Cicero also brings into play ideas derived from Greek philosophy and tragedy, in particular to assert a theodicy, tightly linked to a civic ethics. After looking at each of the speeches in turn, the chapter casts a concluding look at the de Legibus, which contains a clear and coherent account of the theological schemes on which he relies more or less obliquely in the orations.

Keywords:   Clodius, de Domo Sua, de Haruspicum Responso, de Legibus, pro Milone, philosophy, civic religion, theodicy, theology, tragedy

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