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Le discours du tribun licinius macer à la plèbe (Salluste, Histoires 3, 48 M = 3, 34 McGushin)

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The tribune Licinius Macer's oration to the plebs (Sallust, Histories 3, 48 M = 3, 34 McGushin) which has been the subject of numerous studies are discussed here. This chapter re-examines a number of conclusions that can be drawn from the study of the speech itself, from its relations to Licinius's life and work on the one hand and to Sallust's work on the other. There is no way to determine the authenticity of the speech. However, it is quite legitimate to think that Sallustius created the picture of the tribune of the Histories from his ancestor, the tribune Sp. Licinius who certainly appeared in the Annals. Actually, the character of Licinius Macer may have helped Sallust to take stock, in his typical manner, of the political situation in Rome in the 70's.

Keywords: Licinius Macer; Sallust



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