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The starting point of this article is a textual problem at the beginning of § 7 of Agr. 2 (Cicero’s first consular contio), where he claims that he will be a people’s man (popularis). A close examination of the role of attraction in the sequence of tenses shows that the transmitted text is almost certainly wrong. An emendation is proposed, which also gives the sentence a rhythmical ending. An analysis of Cicero’s strategy in the speech, and of the role that the sentence plays in it, suggests that such a marked clausula is appropriate and contributes, together with other formal features, to making the sentence a ‘claptrap’, designed to elicit approval from the contional audience.
Author(s): Wisse J
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Online publication date: 21/11/2013
Acceptance date: 03/10/2012
ISSN (print): 0026-7074
ISSN (electronic): 1568-525X
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