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Ronald Syme and Federico Santangelo

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198767060

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198767060.001.0001

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Cicero’s Change of Plan (August 7, 44 BC)

Cicero’s Change of Plan (August 7, 44 BC)

(p.196) 21 Cicero’s Change of Plan (August 7, 44 BC)
Approaching the Roman Revolution

Ronald Syme

Oxford University Press

This discussion of the events of August 44 BC that led Cicero to stop his journey from Italy to Greece and return to Rome to regain a central role in Roman politics. Close consideration is given to the evidence of Cicero’s correspondence, as well as the later references to the crisis of Summer 44 in the Philippics. The dealings between Cicero and the Liberators play a central part in this connection, as well as the impact of the compromise between Antony and the assassins of Caesar. The motives that led Cicero to persevere with his plan to return to Rome from southern Italy even after he received news of that agreement receive some discussion.

Keywords:   Roman history, Roman Republic, Cicero, Roman politics, prosopography, social history, consulship, Julius Caesar, Mark Antony, Civil War

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