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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 use of personal exempla

Cicero's use of personal exempla

(p.175) 8 Cicero's use of personal exempla
Cicero's Role Models

Henriette van der Blom

Oxford University Press

This chapter analyses Cicero's choice and employment of personal exempla throughout his works and over the entirety of his career, with an aim to convey his rhetorical and political strategy and hence his attempts to build up a public persona with political impact. The structure is mainly chronological, and the focus is on Cicero's cumulative adding of new representations (or personae) and the development of existing personae over time through an analysis of the personal exempla adopted. Cicero's careful selection and flexible use of personal exempla such as Crassus, Antonius, Marius, Metellus Numidicus, Aemilius Scaurus, and others helped him to accumulate and develop a range of personae suitable for a number of occasions.

Keywords:   personal exempla, new man, consul, exile and recall, Caesar's dictatorship, intellectual life, speeches, treatises, letters, Crassus, Antonius, Marius, Metellus Numidicus, Aemilius Scaurus

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