Cicerone uomo politico

  • Guerino Pacitti Centro di Studi Ciceroniani


This paper discusses Cicero's political role, on whom the judgments of critics are rather divergent.  Undoubtedly, Cicero's life was profoundly influenced by the political events of 1st century BC Rome: the article develops from this consideration.

Firstly, it demonstrates that the accusation moved against him of 'flirting with the populace' is actually false; then the author points out that Cicero was an enemy to all the most important political figures of his time (except for Pompey and Octavian), who were Catiline, Clodius, Caesar, Antony, because he always had his own independent thought. Cicero's aversion to each of them is here explored and explained in detail: in fact, he despised innovators and innovations. He believed instead that he had to contribute to Roman political life with moderating actions, especially after the battle of Pharsalus.


[Sara Busceti, Stefano Pellegrin A.S.L. 2022 Liceo Cavour Torino]


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Pacitti, G. (2016). Cicerone uomo politico. Ciceroniana on Line, 1(1).

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