Ontological Elevation and Divine Favouritism
This chapter explores Cicero's handling of two modes of religious self‐promotion by Roman aristocrats in the last centuries of the republic that posed a significant threat to the republican tradition of senatorial government: the ontological elevation of specific humans to divine status; and claims to special divine favouritism. The case studies discuss his eulogy of Pompey in the pro Lege Manilia, as well as his religious self‐promotion in the Catilinarians and his epic poem de Consulatu suo.
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