Cicero als epische held | Amsterdam University Press Journals Online
Volume 50, Issue 4
  • ISSN: 0165-8204
  • E-ISSN: 2667-1573



At several instances in , Cicero refers to literary texts his audience must have been familiar with: the , Aeschylus’ , Ennian tragedy, a comedy by Caecilius and traditional stories about the Roman past. As Cicero published the speech to be read as a book, he clearly intended his readers to assess his client’s misery and his own fearlessness in the context of great literature. The result is a stunning and heartbreaking story about a helpless victim of criminal institutions and his intrepid lawyer.


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