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Cicero's Role Models: The Political Strategy of a Newcomer

Henriette van der Blom


This book is about Cicero's rhetorical and political strategy as a newcomer in Roman republican politics. It argues that Cicero advertised himself as follower of chosen models of behaviour from the past — his role models or exempla. As an ambitious new man, a homo novus, in a political culture which favoured men descended from famous consuls and generals, Cicero had to devise alternative strategies to reach political office and influence. Through his main means to political power, his oratory, Cicero adopted the traditional claim to political offices through ancestry and adapted it to his own ... More

Keywords: Cicero, M. Tullius Cicero, exempla, role models, homo novus, new man, Roman republican politics, political culture, ancestry, rhetoric, oratory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199582938
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199582938.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Henriette van der Blom, author
Research Fellow, Wolfson College, Oxford