Licentia: Cicero on the Suicide of Political Communities

Auteur: Nicolay de, René
Titre: Licentia: Cicero on the Suicide of Political Communities
Revue/Collection: "Classical Philology", 116, 4
Lieu èdition: Chicago
Éditeur: The University Chicago Press
Annèe edition: 2021
Pages: 537-562
Mots-clès: Philologie - Filologia - Philology, Politique - Politica - Politics, Rhétorique - Retorica - Rhetorics
Description: [Nicolay de, René] [Abstract] This paper studies the term and concept of licentia in the Latin Republican corpus, focusing on Cicero’s political theory. Its first part is a philological analysis of the term. It concludes that in the first century BCE licentia had three core meanings: permission, permission to do wrong, and permissiveness. The second part is a study of the concept licentia in Cicero’s rhetoric and political theory. It shows Cicero’s awareness of the effect of permissions unduly given and permissiveness on the force of social standards at Rome.
Sigle auteur: Nicolay de 2021