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Cicero's Philosophy of History

Matthew Fox

Abstract

Cicero has long been seen to embody the values of the Roman Republic. This study of Cicero's use of history reveals that rather than promoting his own values, Cicero uses historical representation to explore the difficulties of finding any ideological coherence in Rome's political or cultural traditions. The book looks to the scepticism of Cicero's philosophical education for an understanding of his perspective on Rome's history, and argues that neglect of the sceptical tradition has transformed the doubting, ambiguous Cicero into the confident proponent of a form of Roman identity formed in h ... More

Keywords: rhetoric, historiography, reception, John Toland, ideology, Rome, irony, De republica, De oratore

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199211920
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199211920.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matthew Fox, author
Senior Lecturer in Classics, University of Birmingham
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