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The Deaths of the Republic: Imagery of the Body Politic in Ciceronian Rome

Brian Walters


This book examines imagery of the body politic in the works of Cicero and his contemporaries and explores its impact on the politics of Rome in the first century BCE. Emphasis throughout is on the ideological underpinnings of such images and their uses as a means of persuasion. Chapter 1 reads the well-known fable of Menenius Agrippa as a paradigm for late-republican invocations of the embodied state. Chapter 2 examines imagery of disease and healing, focusing especially on connections with political violence. Chapter 3 considers claims of wounding and mutilating the republic. Chapter 4 explor ... More

Keywords: Cicero, Roman Republic, politics, body politic, oratory, metaphor, political language, violence, medicine

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780198839576
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198839576.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Brian Walters, author
Assistant Professor of Classics, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign