Tully the Naïve: John Adams on Cicero

Author: Kenty, Joanna
Title: Tully the Naïve: John Adams on Cicero
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: 195-210
Description: Shifting the focus to the early political history of the United States of America, Joanna Kenty discusses the reception of Cicero in John Adams, the second president of the United States. As an avid lifelong reader of Cicero’s works, the ‘new man’ Adams was inspired from De re publica in the composition of his Defense of the Constitutions. As attested by several letters written in 1808–1809, he explained the American political scene by relying on Cicero and comparing his contemporaries to Caesar, Catiline, and Clodius. To Adams’ eyes, Cicero embodied the ideal politician, a simple and innocent man acting for the safety of his fellow-citizens. [Berno & La Bua 2022, xvii]
Link: https://www.degruyter.com/document/doi/10.1515/9783110748703-012/pdf
Author initials: Kenty 2022