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Creative EloquenceThe Construction of Reality in Cicero's Speeches$
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Ingo Gildenhard

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199291557

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199291557.001.0001

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Cicero's Theodicy

Cicero's Theodicy

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(p.299) 10 Cicero's Theodicy
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Creative Eloquence
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Ingo Gildenhard

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199291557.003.0011

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.

Keywords:   Clodius, de Domo Sua, de Haruspicum Responso, de Legibus, pro Milone, philosophy, civic religion, theodicy, theology, tragedy

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