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Cicero as EvidenceA Historian's Companion$
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Andrew Lintott

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199216444

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199216444.001.0001

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The Mediator and the Partisans

The Mediator and the Partisans

(p.281) XVI The Mediator and the Partisans
Cicero as Evidence

Andrew Lintott (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter focuses on Cicero's letters that express his reactions to the crisis involving Caesar and Pompey, as well as various kinds of reflection. Among these reactions are exasperation over Pompey's failure in Italy and his retreat abroad, especially as the latter means that any hope of preventing full-scale civil war is lost; secondly, there is deliberation over his own proper conduct in the circumstances; and thirdly, associated with this, there is the recall of past civil war and its potentially horrific consequences. The influence of the wars between the Marians and Sulla, which dominated Cicero's youth, on his thoughts is discussed.

Keywords:   Pompey, Caesar, Marians, Sulla, letters, political crisis

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