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La fonction des modèles dans l’articulation chronologique du Brutus

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As Cicero clearly stated that his objective was with the Brutus to trace the history of Roman eloquence. The chronological plan to which Cicero was complying has been studied and discussed for a long time. This chapter is a part in Roman conception of history that placed in the heart of narrative pattern, the great men who had governed the city. They were as exemplary models required in the definition of virtuous behavior and founded the aristocratic legitimacy. The approach adopted by Cicero in the construction of Brutus is therefore a part of a well established representation in the history of the city context. The eloquence in fact was only one of the virtues that allowed to devote its strength to fellow citizens and which justified that one could direct them. The original text of the chapter is in French.

Keywords: Brutus; aristocratic legitimacy; chronological articulation; Cicero; exemplary models; Roman eloquence

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