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Sicily from Aeneas to AugustusNew Approaches in Archaeology and History$
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Christopher J. Smith and John Serrati

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780748613670

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748613670.001.0001

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Ciceronian Sicily: an archaeological perspective

Ciceronian Sicily: an archaeological perspective

Chapter:
(p.134) 11 Ciceronian Sicily: an archaeological perspective
Source:
Sicily from Aeneas to Augustus
Author(s):

R.J. A. Wilson

Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748613670.003.0011

Of all the political speeches delivered by Marcus Tullius Cicero, it was his Orationes in Caium Verrem that marked an important turning point in the orator's career. His prosecution of Gaius Verres after the latter's turbulent governorship of Sicily was significant not because of Verre's outrageous behaviour as such, but because its triumphant success marked Cicero as the most brilliant of the younger advocates of his day. Thus, it is from Cicero that this chapter learns that a version of the Hieronian tithe system continued to function in Sicily. Such has been the explosion of archaeological research in Sicily since the late 1970s. The chapter sets the picture of first-century bc Sicily in its wider archaeological context: its urbanism, the state and towns around the time of Verres' governorship.

Keywords:   Marcus Tullius Cicero, Gaius Verres, governorship, Sicily, tithe system, urbanism

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