CICERO’S ELECTION MANUAL
ARTURO IGNACIO ALDEKOA RUIZ
Prologue by Leopoldo Barreda
The four speeches delivered by Cicero before the Senate and the Roman people to unmask the Conspiracy of Catiline (“Catilinarias” in Spanish), are perhaps the masterpiece of Ciceronian oratory. Since its publication (slightly retouched probably by Cicero to adapt oratorical pieces as written works) are a key benchmark of universal political history along with the philippics of Demosthenes.
But Marcus Tullius was not the only Cicero that left us famous writings. His brother Quintus also wrote the "Commentariolum Petitionis", a small manual for the election campaign directed to his brother for the elections to the consulate of the year 63 BC. It contains a number of tips perennial value to make voters support the candidate in their electoral aspirations. Besides fun, the manual reflects how little has humanity changed during all this time.
To read the Cicerones (either Marco Tulio, or his brother Quintus) it is not only interesting and fun, but it allows us to better understand the human nature, and therefore better known of ourselves, which is, as the inscription of the Temple of Apollo at Delphi states, the secret of wisdom.
2nd Edition trilingual: Spanish, Basque, English
299 págs.; 21 cm x 15 cm; Rústica
Precio: 20€ Edición impresa; | ISBN 978-84-613-3153-6
D.L. BI 909/2013