Cicero and the word popularis

Author: Seager, Robin
Title: Cicero and the word popularis
Review/Collection: "Classical Quarterly", 22
Place edition: London & Oxford
Editor: Clarendon Press
Year edition: 1972
Pages: 328-338
Keywords: Histoire - Storia - History, Politique - Politica - Politics, Stylistique et genres littéraires - Stilistica e generi letterari - Stylistics and literary genre
Description: [Comment] It has by now become a commonplace among the historians of the republic that optimates and populares were not political parties in any modern sense. Nevertheless the ghost of the ‘popular party’ still lingers in subtle disguises, the most insidious of which is donned whenever populares is translated as ‘the populares’, with all that the definite article may imply. The term is defined in terms of opposition to the optimates and is generally negative. Cicero uses the adjective only in individual cases and nowhere applies it to a unified faction.
Author initials: Seager 1972