Cicero 'Haruspex': Political Prognostication and the Viscera of a Deceased Body Politic

Cicero 'Haruspex': Political Prognostication and the Viscera of a Deceased Body Politic

Maridien Schneider


This monograph explores Marcus Tullius Cicero's understanding and interpretation of up to date political occasions as mirrored in his deepest correspondence over the last years of either the Roman republic and his personal lifestyles. Cicero's correspondence supplies an in depth view of present political occasions in Rome and constitutes, including Caesar's writings, our significant modern facts for the conditions of the civil struggle of forty nine BC. The theoretical enter of Cicero's predecessors, their perceptions of constitutional improvement (in specific of Roman politics) in addition to Cicero's belief in their political theories are scrutinized to figure out the level of Cicero's wisdom of a bigger trend of political occasions.

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