Classics Professor Presents at Annual Meeting of the Classical Association of the Atlantic States
Published on November 6, 2019
Clifford Robinson, PhD, assistant professor of classics, presented his paper, “Cicero’s Consolatio, Tullia's Shrine, and Oath-Breaking in Ad Atticum 12" at the 2019 Annual Meeting of the Classical Association of the Atlantic States in Silver Spring, MD.
His paper clarifies how the fragments of Cicero’s lost Consolatio clarify Cicero’s plans to dedicate a shrine for his daughter Tullia. Taken together, the fragments of Cicero’s Consolatio and certain Epistulae ad Atticum show that Cicero composed his Consolatio not only to alleviate his grief but also to justify to his peers the unprecedented cult act of apotheosizing his recently deceased daughter. He argues that the rhetorical argument developed in the Consolatio for the soul's immortality reframes the oaths to which Cicero often refers in his letters as a sophisticated repurposing of religious institutions for commemorative and political purposes.