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By C. E. W. Steel

This examine of Cicero's political oratory and Roman imperialism within the overdue Republic bargains new readings of missed speeches. C.E.W. metal examines the position and capacities of political oratory and places Cicero's angle to empire, with its obstacles and weaknesses, within the context of wider debates between his contemporaries at the difficulties of empire.

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But Cicero also demonstrates that his day-to-day management is deeply unsatisfactory, above all in the way in which he employs and relates to the members of his staff. Cicero prepares for his use of Verres’ followers as means to discredit Verres by arguing that a governor should be responsible for the actions of his cohors. For if we want to be thought to be honest, we need to demonstrate that this is true not simply of us but of our companions too. First we must do our best to take out with us men who will be concerned for 33 quaere, Hortensi, quoniam te recentia exempla delectant, quid fecerint.

Pompei and de prouinciis consularibus, but my focus shifts to the relation between oratory and Cicero’s own career. I show how the various ‘blind spots’ in his arguments help his political position, and in the case of de prouinciis consularibus suggest that the way he argues for an extension of Caesar’s command is specifically designed to bolster his position in the aftermath of the conference of Luca. Cicero cannot take centre stage in imperial debates as a military figure, but he does construct himself as someone uniquely qualified to advise military commanders and thus he attempts to claim, and to maintain, a prominent position within the state.

First he describes friendship (2. 3. 43 ability to serve themselves as well as their masters. See further W. Fitzgerald, Slavery and the Roman Literary Imagination (Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press, 2000), 10–11, 24–6. ’ 42 As Corbeill, Controlling Laughter, 106–12, argues, Apronius’ actual appearance, however innocent, could not undermine Cicero’s argument since what matters is Cicero’s interpretation of that face as an index of inner moral corruption. His argument that the chief point of Cicero’s remark about Apronius’ os is to allege that he indulges in oral sex could be taken further, since Cicero makes it quite clear by his stress on the intimacy that existed between Verres and Apronius precisely who Apronius’ partner was.

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