By Catharine Edwards
What did the town of Rome suggest to old Romans? Roman writers, Cicero, Virgil, Juvenal and others, defined their urban in lots of alternative ways: they marveled at its attractiveness, they despaired of its dust, they explored its background, they lamented its absence. Their writings have performed an essential component in picking responses to town either of their personal time and in later centuries. This publication explores quite a lot of descriptions of the town from later sessions in addition to from antiquity.
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By the time of the trial in early March, the defence had been Wlled out by Quintus Hortensius and 44 For these and other details of the trial’s personnel see TLRR no. 271; Tullius either ceded his role voluntarily to Albinovanus or lost it in the procedure called divinatio, in which each would-be prosecutor argued before the court’s presding oYcer why he should be chosen to go forward. ; see also at n. 53 below. ; at the trial for vis at which Cicero defended Caelius a few weeks later (¼ TLRR no.
2. 3(7). 3), he was saying no more than the truth. But to none of this does the ‘standard version’ refer in any way. To the extent that Cicero acknowledges it at all in this speech, it is only by implication, suggesting that Pompey had been made cautious in his dealings with Cicero by a false tale that Cicero plotted against his life (41); instead of a reference to Pompey’s break with Clodius, there is the vague and euphemistic description (67) of Pompey’s ‘reawaken(ing) his habit of constructive engagement in the people’s business after that habit had been .
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