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Quintus Cicero: A Brief Handbook on Canvassing for Office (Commentariolum Petitionis)

A Brief Handbook on Canvassing for Office, Commentariolum Petitionis

W. Jeffrey Tatum

Quintus Cicero: A Brief Handbook on Canvassing for Office (Commentariolum Petitionis)

Clarendon Ancient History Series

Quintus Cicero: A Brief Handbook on Canvassing for Office (Commentariolum Petitionis)

A Brief Handbook on Canvassing for Office, Commentariolum Petitionis

Clarendon Ancient History Series: Quintus Cicero: A Brief Handbook on Canvassing for Office (Commentariolum Petitionis)

 

Rome's annual elections were central to civic and political life, and Quintus Cicero's Brief Handbook is our fullest account of campaigning for office in the republican era. This new translation with introduction and commentary offers a detailed examination of this important text, treating both its historical and literary dimensions.


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Beschrijving Clarendon Ancient History Series: Quintus Cicero: A Brief Handbook on Canvassing for Office (Commentariolum Petitionis)

Rome's annual elections were central to the relationship between its citizenry and political leadership, and canvassing for office played no small part in their outcomes. The Brief Handbook on Canvassing for Office (Commentariolum Petitionis), composed by Quintus Cicero for his elder brother, the famous orator and statesman Marcus, is our fullest account of campaigning for office in republican Rome, incorporating candid advice on how best to mobilize
political support from voters of every social class alongside searing political vituperation.

This volume offers both the Latin text and a fresh translation of the Brief Handbook, as well as the first scholarly commentary on the text in the English language. Its purpose is to aid readers in their appreciation of the Brief Handbook in its multiple guises: as a literary text, an ideological document, a likely specimen of electoral propaganda, and a resource for recovering various aspects of late republican political and cultural history, such as group identities, Roman
friendship, and civic rituals. While the comprehensive commentary clarifies the cultural, historical, and literary problems of the text, an incisive introduction supplies the reader with an account of the nature and practice of elections and canvassing for office in the late republic, as well as a detailed rehearsal of
particular aspects of Cicero's career that provides the necessary context for understanding his campaign for the consulship in 64. The introduction also examines the literary dimensions of the work, and particularly the question of its authorship: considerations that are crucial to its proper interpretation as a historical source.


ISBN
9780198153078
Pagina's
368
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Serie
Clarendon Ancient History Series
NUR
309
Druk
1
Uitvoering
Hardback
Taal
Engels
Uitgever
OUP Oxford

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