Frustrating Cicero

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Delancey Place has a nice clip from Anthony Everitt’s Cicero: The Life and Time of Rome’s Greatest Politician. Cicero’s efforts 2000 years ago to balance monarchy, oligarchy and democracy became the defining feature of the American Constitution and republic.
I had recommended the Cicero book to Richard Vague who runs this “thought of the day” blog — and I highly recommend signing up to the daily notes from Delancey.
But this reminds me that someone out to send Anthony Everitt’s book to those Bush administration and Democratic and Republican leaders in Congress who have been tilting this nation towards monarchy and oligarchy and away from democracy.
— Steve Clemons

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5 comments on “Frustrating Cicero

  1. Kathleen says:

    I’m going to love this book. Few are aware that our Constitution is based on the early Roman Republic. I love their art of dividing power.
    Bring back the Triumvirate.
    Speaking of Latin, 4 years for me.

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  2. MarkL says:

    Steve,
    I always had the feeling you had studied Latin, from your writing.

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  3. Paul says:

    I read this book a few months ago and can also highly recommend it.

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  4. Paul says:

    I read this book a few months ago and can also highly recommend it.

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  5. HyperIon says:

    Hi, Steve, I saw you on CSPAN on sunday. I don’t recall any mention of it here. Did I miss the announcement?
    In this post you mention sending a copy of the Cicero book to some folks. This is the second time in a week you have suggested this approach to “correcting” some of egregious policies of the administration/congress. Personally I think this is a waste of time and postage. You seem to imply if they were just a bit more knowledgeable, things would be better. Please.

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