Feasting Centaurs and Destructive Consuls in Cicero’s In Pisonem Journal Article uri icon



  • Abstract; This paper argues that the comparison of a feast staged by Piso and Gabinius to a banquet of Centaurs and Lapiths in Pis. 22 is significant for the invective as a whole. It shows how Cicero builds up his characterization of Piso to suggest that his opponent is like a Centaur and examines the implications of this comparison for the orator’s treatment of Piso’s proconsulship and intellectual activities. The image of Piso as a Centaur shows that he is naturally disposed to be an enemy of civilization.

publication date

  • December 1, 2014

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  • closed

Date in CU Experts

  • December 15, 2016 3:40 AM

Full Author List

  • Köster IK

author count

  • 1

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International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0363-1923

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2328-5265

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 63

end page

  • 79


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