This chapter explores Cicero's religious warfare with Clodius in three orations he delivered after his return from exile: the de Domo sua, the de Haruspicum Responso, and the pro Milone. All three speeches are deeply imbued with the axioms and the ideology of Rome's civic religion; at the same time, Cicero also brings into play ideas derived from Greek philosophy and tragedy, in particular to assert a theodicy, tightly linked to a civic ethics. After looking at each of the speeches in turn, the chapter casts a concluding look at the de Legibus, which contains a clear and coherent account of the theological schemes on which he relies more or less obliquely in the orations.
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