Cicero in the Shadow of the Bastille

Author: Romana Berno, Francesca
Title: Cicero in the Shadow of the Bastille
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: 369-390
Keywords: Héritage - Fortuna - Legacy
Description: Francesca Romana Berno concentrates on modern politics, focusing on that critical moment of Western history which was the French revolution. Indeed, the révolutionnaires tried hardly to show their affinity with the most renown Republic at all – the Roman one. Hence the idealization of Cicero, for his Republican ideals and battles against Clodius, Catilina and Antony. This paper shows how everyone, from every side, tried to present himself as Cicero, and his enemy as Catilina. Special focus is given to the famous trial against the King, which presents striking affinities with the trial against the Catilinarians, and to another, less known trial against a professor of Latin who was accused of reading Cicero in a dangerous way. In a similar way, this paper touches upon the figure of Robespierre, whose fascinating and controversial character was compared to both Cicero and Catilina. [Berno & La Bua 2022, xix]
Author initials: Romana Berno 2022