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Gallic war songs (II): Marcus Cicero, Quintus Cicero, and Caesar’s invasion of Britain

Kruschwitz, P. (2014) Gallic war songs (II): Marcus Cicero, Quintus Cicero, and Caesar’s invasion of Britain. Philologus, 158 (2). pp. 275-305. ISSN 0031-7985

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1515/phil-2014-0018


This article assembles and examines the evidence for the poetic outputs of Marcus and Quintus Cicero related to Caesar’s invasion of Britain. Following the establishment of a relative chronology of the evidence for their work, it is argued that Quintus Cicero most likely produced a fabula praetexta (not an epic poem, as commonly assumed). His brother, in turn, wrote an epic, based on Quintus’ eye-witness reports. Careful analysis of the ancient discourse about this piece reveals insights in Cicero’s poetic workshop and the creation of ‘archival truth’ through narrativising historical events in epic poetry. Finally, a case is made for greater attention to financial affairs between Caesar and the Ciceros that happen to coincide with the drafting process of their respective literary works.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Humanities > Classics
ID Code:38311
Uncontrolled Keywords:Caesar; Cicero; Roman Britain; Roman Epic; Roman Drama
Publisher:Akademie Verlag

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