A family exemplum
In this final chapter, Cicero's self‐promotion as an exemplum to his own family is discussed. In particular, Cicero's relationships with his son Marcus, his brother Quintus, and his nephew Quintus are analysed with a view to Cicero's political motives for setting himself up as a family exemplum. Cicero's projected exemplarity was not only aimed at Marcus and his family but at the political elite at large in an attempt to promote the Cicerones as a family to be reckoned with in Roman politics. The issue of novitas versus nobilitas resurfaces as Marcus could not be considered a homo novus as his father had been, but the question remains whether he would count as a nobilis with all the advantages that implied.
Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.
If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.