An essay in epistolary form, c. 5, words, on the technique of electioneering, purporting to be addressed by Q. Tullius Cicero (1) to his brother Marcus Tullius. THE’COMMENTARIOLUM PETITIONIS’. The difficulty inherent in a discussion of the authenticity of any ancient work, and of the Commentariolum in particular. I. THE Commentariolum Petitionis is not in the Codex Mediceus of Cicero’s corre- spondence with his brother Quintus, but it appears at the end of the letters to.

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commenfariolum CM F XI, By very small favours men are induced to think that they have sufficient reason for giving support at the poll, and surely those you have saved and their number is very large cannot fail to understand that, if at this supreme crisis they fail to do what you wish, they will never have anyone’s confidence.

Wherefore you must insist at the present juncture on exacting from them your due by reminding them, appealing to them, solemnly assuring them, and taking care that they thoroughly understand that they will never have any other opportunity of shewing their gratitude.

On running for the Consulship

While the comprehensive commentary clarifies the cultural, historical, and literary problems of the text, an incisive introduction supplies the reader with an account of the nature and practice of elections and canvassing for office in the late republic, as well as a detailed rehearsal of particular aspects of Cicero’s career that provides the necessary context for understanding his campaign for the consulship in On running for the Consulship by Quintus Tullius Cicero.

Again, the centuries of the knights appear to me capable of being won over, if you are careful, with considerably more ease. There are many city men of good business habits, there are many freedmen engaged in the forum who are popular and energetic: He is joined by Nisbet [9] who argues against authenticity in suggesting that the proscription of Antonius may have had a far more quotidian meaning, such as the selling of property after bankruptcy, than Henderson seems to be reading into it.


Although you have all the accomplishments within the reach of human genius, experience, or acuteness, yet I thought it only consistent with my affection to set down in writing what occurred to my mind while thinking, as I do, day and night on your canvass, not with the expectation that you would learn anything new from it, but that the considerations on a subject, which appeared to be disconnected and without system, might be brought under one view by a logical arrangement.

The degree to which it can be used as evidence for the electoral process and the politics of the Late Roman Republic is therefore contested. All these men must be canvassed with care, agents must be sent to them, and they must be convinced that we have always been at one with the Optimates in our political sentiments, that we have never been demagogues in the very least: Let them know that they are watched and scrutinized by you: Show by default Hide by default. Ross – – The Classical Review 40 Consider what the state is: Search the Perseus Catalog for: Farther, you must take great pains that, in proportion as a man is most intimate and most closely connected with your household, he should love you and desire your highest honour—as, for instance, your tribesmen, neighbours, clients, and finally your freedmen and even your slaves for nearly all the talk which forms one’s public reputation emanates from domestic sources.

The last days of Cicero. CII F I, 5b.

Text and Vocabulary Of one of them we have seen the property put up for sale, and actually heard him declare on oath that at Rome he could not contend with a Greek or obtain an impartial tribunal. I cannot commentaruolum that these men, from hope of your services in the future as well as from the benefits recently received, will be roused to active exertions.

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This section of the Commentariolum also corresponds to a section of In Toga Candida. XCIV F 1, commentariolum. Wherefore it is better that some of them should commentriolum times be angry with you in the forum than all of them perpetually at your own house: The Design s of the Brief Handbook V. Moreover, as the equestrian order is yours, they will follow the example of that order, if only you take the trouble to confirm the support of those centuries, not only by the general good affection of the order, but also by the friendships of individuals.


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XL A II, From 15th of March to 31st of August. On running for the Consulship. As such, its authenticity has letitionis questioned.

Good heavens what is his distinction? Why should I after this mention Africa to you, or the depositions of the witnesses?

Accordingly, it is an easy rule to make, that you should indicate that whatever you are going to do you will do with heartiness and pleasure; it is somewhat more difficult, and rather a concession to the necessities of the moment than to your inclination, that when you cannot do a thing you should [either promise] or put your refusal pleasantly: First of all, make the faculty you possess of recognizing people conspicuous, and go on increasing and improving it every day.

Brutus in Gallia Cisalpina. The Comment Ariolum Petitionis. Views Read Edit View history. Cotta, a master in the art of electioneering, used to say that, “so long as the request was not directly contrary to moral duty, he used to promise his assistance to all to bestow it on those with whom he thought it would be most advantageously invested: Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

It is a point in your favour that you should be thought worthy of this position and rank by the very men to whose position and rank you are wishing to attain.