Old Men in Cicero’s Political Philosophy

Author: McConnell, Sean
Title: Old Men in Cicero’s Political Philosophy
Review/Collection: In : Gilbert, Nathan & Graver, Margaret & McConnell, Sean (eds.), Power and Persuasion in Cicero's Philosophy. Cambridge University Press. 320 pp.
Place edition: New York
Editor: Cambridge University Press
Year edition: 2023
Pages: 218-240
Keywords: Philosophie - Filosofia - Philosophy, Politique - Politica - Politics
Description: In his philosophical works Cicero addresses a number of questions concerning the role of old men in politics, most obviously in his dialogue De senectute of 44 BCE. How best should the old participate in politics and the wider community—what, if anything, do the old have to offer that is special or unique? How should the generations fit together in the body politic, and should age be a factor in the structural organisation of states? Should the old rule? This chapter makes the following argument: (1) in De senectute Cicero develops a coherent line on the special political role of old men within the constitutional framework set out in his earlier De re publica, which can be seen as a call to arms in the contemporary Roman political context; and (2) this line is not just a restatement of traditional republican ideals: in a similar vein to what we see in De re publica, Cicero draws on and adapts some of the most important arguments from Plato’s Republic when addressing these questions regarding the role of old men in politics. [Author]
Link: https://www.academia.edu/72273491/Old_men_in_Ciceros_political_philosophy_in_N_Gilbert_M_Graver_and_S_McConnell_eds_Power_and_Persuasion_in_Ciceros_Philosophy_Cambridge_Cambridge_University_Press_2023?email_work_card=view-paper
Author initials: McConnell 2023b