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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Therefore, petktionis we are as vigilant as the greatness of our object demands, and rouse our well-wishers to put forth all their energies; and if we allot to men of influence and zeal in our service their several tasks; if we put before our rivals the threat of legal proceedings; if we inspire their agents with fear, and by some means check the distributors, it is possible to secure either that there shall be no bribery or that it shall be ineffectual.

The third argument cannot be refuted. In a word, you must secure friends of commemtariolum class: Cornelius Lentulus Spinther, Q. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Secondly, of those who escort you to the forum: But this word “friends” has a wider application during a canvass than in other times of our life.

The legions from Macedonia. Cicero’s Epistulae ad Familiares Letters to his Friends. Text and Vocabulary No keywords specified fix it.

For when it makes a man worse by truckling, petitinis is wrong; but when only more friendly, it does not deserve so harsh a term; while commentarioolum is absolutely necessary to a candidate, whose face and expression and style of conversation have to be varied and accommodated to the feelings and tastes of everyone he meets.

For you have such as few novi homines have had—all the publicaninearly the whole equestrian order, many municipal towns specially devoted to you, many persons who have been defended by you, men of every order, many collegiaand, besides these, a large number of the rising generation who have become attached to you in their enthusiasm for rhetoric, and, finally, your friends who visit you daily in large numbers and with such constant regularity.


Your attention to such classes of men must be such as to shew them that you clearly understand what is to be expected from each, that you appreciate what you are receiving, and remember what you have received.

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Bronze Age Greek Material Culture: Sandys – – The Classical Review 2 4: More search options Limit Search to: There are many city men of good business habits, there are many freedmen engaged in the forum who are popular and energetic: You are seeking the consulship, an office of which no one pdtitionis you unworthy, but of which there are many who will be jealous. Page – – The Classical Review 6 Decimus Iunius Brutus Albinus. Is he of equally noble birth? For how should Antonius make the first step towards attaching people to himself, when he cannot even call them, unaided, by their proper names?

View text chunked by: For many more ask to be allowed to avail themselves of the help of another than actually do so. Enter a Perseus citation to go to another section or work. There are, again, commentwriolum who either have no influence or are positively disliked by their tribesmen, and have neither the spirit nor the ability to exert themselves on the spur of the moment: The younger Marcus Cicero. Cassius, though by birth of the highest rank, as candidates for the consulship?

It is, of course, of very great consequence not to go away anywhere; but the real advantage of such constant attendance is not only the being at Rome and in the forum, but the pushing one’s canvass assiduously, the addressing oneself again and again to the same persons, the making it impossible as far as your power goes for anyone to say that he has not been asked by you, and earnestly and carefully asked.

XXV A I, Cicero being influenced by the letter from his brother. CMII F x, And speaking generally, since your candidature is most strongly supported by that class of friendships which you have gained as a counsel for the defence, take care that to all those, whom you have placed under this obligation to you, their duty should in every case be clearly defined and set forth.


For among its annoyances a candidature has this advantage: It may, again, be displayed in giving practical assistance, which I would have you petitiobis available far and wide: Show Summary Details An essay in epistolary form, c.

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On running for the Consulship

The Brief Handbook on Canvassing for Office Commentariolum Petitioniscomposed by Quintus Cicero for his elder brother, the famous orator and statesman Marcus, is our fullest account of campaigning for office in republican Rome, incorporating candid advice on how best to mobilize political support from voters of every social class alongside searing political vituperation.

Servius Sulpicius Rufus, Cos. Ancient works Works originally in Latin. Let them know ckmmentariolum they are watched and scrutinized by you: Though some similarities in the Pro Murena could be due to similar subject matter, the correlations between the extant fragments of In Toga Candida and the Commentariolum are too conmentariolum to be ignored.

Wherefore it is better that some of them should at times be angry with you in the forum than all of them perpetually at your own house: See that those aids to natural ability, which I know are your special gifts, are ready for use and always available; and remember what Demetrius wrote about the hard work and practice of Demosthenes; and, finally, take care that both the number and rank of your friends are unmistakable.

You have already won the city populace and the affections of those who control the public meetings by your panegyric of Pompey, by undertaking the cause of Manilius, by your defence of Cornelius.