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Cicero's Role ModelsThe Political Strategy of a Newcomer$
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Henriette van der Blom

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199582938

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199582938.001.0001

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Cicero's background and education

Cicero's background and education

(p.29) 3 Cicero's background and education
Cicero's Role Models

Henriette van der Blom

Oxford University Press

This chapter outlines the features of Cicero's background, upbringing, education, and early career which are necessary for understanding his later references to his role models. A particular focus is the people surrounding Cicero, whom he presented as models later in life, for example L. Licinius Crassus, M. Antonius, and the Scaevolae. Attention is also given to the broad‐ranging education he received as it formed the basis for his main means to political power, his oratory, and because he was to present it as exemplary in his later treatises. This discussion will provide the basis for later chapters, which argue that Cicero's transformation of his own experience into an example for emulation formed part of his rhetoric throughout his works and career.

Keywords:   Cicero's background, Cicero's education, Cicero's early career, role model, Crassus, Antonius, Scaevola

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