Meorum periculorum rationes utilitas rei publicae vincat. zur Historizität der Vierten Catilinaria

Martin, Gunther (2011). Meorum periculorum rationes utilitas rei publicae vincat. zur Historizität der Vierten Catilinaria. Philologus, 155(2), pp. 307-325. Berlin: Akademie Verlag 10.1524/phil.2011.0019

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This paper proposes a reading of Cicero’s Fourth Catilinarian as a consistent and historically realistic attempt at urging the senate to punish the conspirators. Cicero struggles against the senators’ inclination to postpone a decision out of fear of the consequences which a severe sentence might have. The speech does not show signs of substantial revision or even contamination of several addresses Cicero made at different stages of the meeting on 5 December 63; nor may the extended passages in which Cicero talks about himself be read as subsequent additions in the light of Clodius’ assaults. They rather fit into the exhortative strategy of the speech, forming part of the refutation of any grounds which would allow for a delay of the decision. The extended space they take up is to be explained as a strategy that prevents further discussion of dangers by an argumentum a maiore.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies > Institute of Classical Philology

UniBE Contributor:

Martin, Gunther

Subjects:

800 Literature, rhetoric & criticism
400 Language
100 Philosophy > 180 Ancient, medieval & eastern philosophy

ISSN:

0031-7985

Publisher:

Akademie Verlag

Language:

German

Submitter:

Factscience Import

Date Deposited:

04 Oct 2013 14:34

Last Modified:

22 Sep 2020 09:38

Publisher DOI:

10.1524/phil.2011.0019

Web of Science ID:

000297563100006

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.13384

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/13384 (FactScience: 219905)

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