Forgan Smith (building 1), The University of Queensland, St Lucia
Venue: Forgan Smith (building 1), The University of Queensland, St Lucia.
  • Friday September 12, 2014
  • 3:30pm: Cicero's Equestrian Order
  • Venue: E-303, Forgan Smith (building 1), The University of Queensland, St Lucia

Cicero's Equestrian Order

The significant social, economic, and political role of equites in the late Republic has been effectively analysed by Nicolet, Brunt, Badian and other scholars. It remains an inescapable fact, however, that the vast majority of evidence for the equestrian order in this period comes from speeches, treatises and letters of one man: Marcus Tullius Cicero. We should therefore ask how this fact affects our interpretation of the evidence. In this paper, I will explore how the equites, and Cicero's relationship with them, are represented in different and sometimes inconsistent ways in Cicero's writings, depending on his aims in individual works. I will address three specific themes: (i) equites as jurors; (ii) the power of the publicani; (iii) equestrian quies.