Cicero's Ideal Statesman In Theory And Practice by Jonathan ZareckiCicero's Ideal Statesman In Theory And Practice by Jonathan Zarecki

Cicero's Ideal Statesman In Theory And Practice

byJonathan Zarecki

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The resurgence of interest in Cicero's political philosophy in the last twenty years demands a re-evaluation of Cicero's ideal statesman and its relationship not only to Cicero's political theory but also to his practical politics. Jonathan Zarecki proposes three original arguments: firstly, that by the publication of his De Republica in 51 BC Cicero accepted that some sort of return to monarchy was inevitable. Secondly, that Cicero created his model of the ideal statesman as part of an attempt to reconcile the mixed constitution of Rome's past with his belief in the inevitable return of sole-person rule. Thirdly, that the ideal statesman was the primary construct against which Cicero viewed the political and military activities of Pompey, Caesar and Antony, and himself.
Jonathan Zarecki is Assistant Professor of Classics at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, USA.
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Title:Cicero's Ideal Statesman In Theory And PracticeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 9.25 × 6.25 × 0.5 inPublished:October 22, 2015Publisher:BloomsburyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1474261884

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1. Academic scepticism and cicero's political theory 2. Cicero's Philosophical politics 3. De Re Publica and the Outbreak of Civil War 4. Rex Caesar and the Rector-Ideal 5. The Ultimate Failure of the Rector-Ideal Epilogue Bibliography Index Locorum General Index

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While his thesis may not convince every analyst of Cicero's works, Zarecki has done a first-rate job at exploring the motives and passions of Cicero, who resolved to live with dignity under what he believed to the tyranny of Julius Caesar. I found his case well-put and compelling.