Cicero and the word popularis

Autore: Seager, Robin
Titolo: Cicero and the word popularis
Rivista/Miscellanea: "Classical Quarterly", 22
Luogo edizione: London & Oxford
Editore: Clarendon Press
Anno edizione: 1972
Pagine: 328-338
Parole chiave: Histoire - Storia - History, Politique - Politica - Politics, Stylistique et genres littéraires - Stilistica e generi letterari - Stylistics and literary genre
Descrizione: [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.
Sigla autore: Seager 1972