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Published online by Cambridge University Press:  31 August 2020

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While Cicero’s self-fashioning has been a subject of great scholarly interest already, my approach is more granular, emphasizing variability and adaptation in Cicero’s use of eight distinct personae to generate political leverage through the shaping of persuasive political narratives. The speeches from his return from exile in 57 BCE to his death in 43 have received relatively little scholarly attention (some more than others), and this book offers a comprehensive and innovative account of that part of the corpus. Cicero’s time in exile and the rise of the “first triumvirate” combined to change the political landscape, not only for Cicero but in general, creating new challenges in the rebuilding and maintenance of his influence. Each of the eight personae gives readers a framework in which to understand Cicero’s rhetorical strategies, and to see how his arguments and accounts of the world around him are shaped to address his political goals. A persona consists not only of social role and status but also of character traits, affective responses, and relationships to others.

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  • Introduction
  • Joanna Kenty
  • Book: Cicero's Political Personae
  • Online publication: 31 August 2020
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108878098.002
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  • Introduction
  • Joanna Kenty
  • Book: Cicero's Political Personae
  • Online publication: 31 August 2020
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108878098.002
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  • Introduction
  • Joanna Kenty
  • Book: Cicero's Political Personae
  • Online publication: 31 August 2020
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108878098.002
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