The Status of Intellectual Activity in Late Republican Prefaces
This chapter examines Cicero’s struggles with Roman anxieties about philosophy and situates them within a broader contemporary discourse that tries to expand the field of acceptable activity to include the intellectual. The discussion draws on the prefaces to Sallust’s Bellum Catilinae and Bellum Iugurthinum and the preface to the anonymous Rhetorica ad Herennium, along with the criticisms that Cicero claims are leveled against his project. The chapter presents a broader picture of the resistance to intellectual activity that characterized the Roman elite and that Cicero was trying to anticipate. It also considers Cicero’s engagement with a quotation from Ennius that advocates a limited involvement with philosophy, as well as the issue of the mos maiorum and philosophy’s relationship to tradition, which is central to Cicero’s self-presentation.
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