Cicero in the Shadow of the Bastille

Auteur: Berno, Francesca Romana
Titre: Cicero in the Shadow of the Bastille
Revue/Collection: in : Berno, Francesca Romana & La Bua, Giuseppe, Portraying Cicero in Literature, Culture, and Politics: From Ancient to Modern Times. [Berno & La Bua 2022] Volume 4 in the series CICERO (funded by Patrum Lumen Sustine-Stiftung (PLuS) [Berno & La Bua 2022
Lieu èdition: Berlin, Boston
Éditeur: De Gruyter
Annèe edition: 2022
Pages: 369-390
Mots-clès: Éloquence - Eloquenza - Eloquence, Héritage - Fortuna - Legacy
Description: Francesca Romana Berno concentrates on this 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. [editor].
Sigle auteur: Berno 2022