Ciceronian Reception and the Epistula ad Octavianum
- Thursday 14 November 2019
- University Library
Witte Singel 26-27
2311 BG Leiden
- Vossius Conference Room, (South Hall, second floor).
In stark contrast to Cicero’s activity between March 44 and the early summer of 43, we know comparatively little about the last four months of his life. A document which purports to fill this gap is the so-called Epistula ad Octavianum attributed to him. Since it has universally been deemed spurious, scholarly attention has been often negative in tone. Instead, I contend, the letter merits careful consideration, not as an authentic Ciceronian document but as a sophisticated form of ancient Ciceronian reception which attempts to recreate in writing a portrait of the ‘complete Cicero’.
Bram van der Velden is currently working as a postdoctoral researcher as part of the Vidi project ‘Mediated Cicero’. His research studies the interplay between scholarship and the reception of ancient texts. At present, he spends most of his time studying the Late Antique reception of Cicero's oratorical legacy.