By Matthew Fox

Cicero has lengthy been obvious to embrace the values of the Roman republic. This provocative learn of Cicero's use of historical past finds that instead of selling his personal values, Cicero makes use of historic illustration to discover the problems of discovering any ideological coherence in Rome's political or cultural traditions. Matthew Fox seems to the scepticism of Cicero's philosophical schooling for an knowing of his viewpoint on Rome's background, and argues that overlook of the sceptical culture has remodeled the doubting, ambiguous Cicero into the convinced proponent of Roman values. via shut interpreting of a number of his theoretical works, Fox uncovers an ironic angle in the direction of Roman heritage, and connects that to using irony in mainstream Latin historians. He concludes with a learn of a little-known treatise on Cicero from the early eighteenth century which sheds huge mild at the historical past of Cicero's reception.

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