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Cicero And History

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In this chapter Woodman has attempted to put the importance of the demand for veritas in perspective, in two ways. Veritas is only relevant with regard to the way in which the historian relates to his characters. Cicero was engaged in practical historical research, and it also contained theoretical views on historiography. The account of the era of the kings and the early Republic, as voiced by Scipio Aemilianus, is the longest passage about Rome's history, written by Cicero. To explain the age long development, Scipio describes the creation, growth and maturity of the Roman state. He was deeply fascinated by history, not only for the sake of using his knowledge in this field, but also for the sake of knowledge itself. He makes it clear that the historical narrative is a structure built by the historian, and not a simple report of what took place in the past.

Keywords: Cicero; Rome; Scipio; veritas; Woodman

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