Cicero at the Symposium XII Sapientum

Author: Keeline, Thomas J.
Title: Cicero at the Symposium XII Sapientum
Review/Collection: In : Berno, Francesca Romana & La Bua, Giuseppe [Edd.], Portraying Cicero in Literature, Culture, and Politics. From Ancient to Modern Times, Berlin, De Gruyter, 2022, 483 p. [Berno & La Bua 2022]
Place edition: Berlin
Editor: De Gruyter
Year edition: 2022
Pages: 119-142
Keywords: Biographie - Biografia - Biography, Héritage - Fortuna - Legacy
Description: Historians, poets, and declaimers read Cicero’s final moments as the extreme manifestation of the Republican orator’s fight for Republican liberty. Tom Keeline, elaborates on this topic and examines the cycle of twelve ‘epitaphs’ for the dead Cicero contained in the Anthologia Latina (Anth. Lat. 603–614 R2 ), themselves part of a larger twelve-part cycle of twelve poems each, the Carmina XII Sapientum (Anth. Lat. 495–638 R2 ). Doubtless originating in the late-antique rhetorical schoolroom, these poems provide a mostly unexamined window onto Cicero’s early reception. These epitaphs focus mostly on three themes: Cicero’s heroic death, his eloquence and literary immortality, and his suppression of the Catilinarian conspiracy as consul. They offer an interesting view on later receptions of Cicero in the rhetorical schoolroom. [Berno & La Bua 2022, xvi]
Author initials: Keeline 2022