Comunicazione e partecipazione politica: il Commentariolum Petitionis

Author: Traversa, Luciano
Title: Comunicazione e partecipazione politica: il Commentariolum Petitionis
Review/Collection: "Annali della Facoltà di Lettere e Filosofia dell'Università degli Studi di Bari" 52- 53, 2009-2010 115-152
Place edition: Bari
Year edition: 2010
Pages: 115-151
Keywords: Éloquence - Eloquenza - Eloquence, Héritage - Fortuna - Legacy, Histoire - Storia - History, Politique - Politica - Politics, Stylistique et genres littéraires - Stilistica e generi letterari - Stylistics and literary genre
Description: The aim of this essay was to make a comparative study of political communication between the Late Roman Republic and the contemporary age, in order to demonstrate how much participatory was politics in the ancient Rome. On the one hand, the study examined a vademecum about elections, entitled Commentariolum Petitionis. On the other hand, by analysing the various devices given to Cicero, the candidate for the consulship of 63B.C., the same categories were found in current studies about spin doctoring. Research strengthened the importance of political participation in Rome, as the result of the necessity to gain popularity and reach the full consensus of the whole electorate.
Author initials: Traversa 2010