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The Life of Roman Republicanism$
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Joy Connolly

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780691162591

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691162591.001.0001

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Dividual Advocacy

Dividual Advocacy

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The Life of Roman Republicanism

Joy Connolly

Princeton University Press

This chapter works toward a clearer normative but non-prescriptive, non-telic account of the play of concord and discord in the politics of a democratic republic, and an account of being a citizen that incorporates both the will to harmony ostensibly adopted by much classical writing and the presence of experiment and self-division that characterizes all our lives. Building from the argument made in Chapter 1 about Cicero's dialogues and speeches, it sketches out the kind of citizen who can live in a world where the drive to achieve concordia or consensus thrives within a framing of politics as conflict. This citizen is a virtuosic speaker of and to an acknowledged multiplicity, and the patterns of thought and action modeled by oratory have consequences for deliberative and judicial political institutions.

Keywords:   Roman political thought, divided self, orations, Cicero, democratic republic, concord, discord

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