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Preview — How to Win an Election by Quintus Tullius Cicero
How to Win an Election: An Ancient Guide for Modern Politicians
"How to Win an Election" is an ancient Roman guide for campaigning that is as up-to-date as tomorrow's headlines. In 64 BC when idealist Marcus Cicero, Rome's greatest orator, ran for consul (the highest office in the Republic), his practical brother Quintus decided he needed some no-nonsense advice on running a successful campaign. What follows in his short letter are tim...more
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I am not a classicist and as such had never heard of the Commentariolum before I found it mentioned in the by-line ...more
The book, which was translated by Philip Freeman, who also writes the introduction, was taken from the ancient Latin text the Conmmentariolum Petitionis, a short ...more
As you read, you might think Quintus has advised Marcus to be like an Etch-a-Sketch. Newt probably could’ve taken some Quintus advice about not taking a vacation during the campaign and avoided the two he took (Greece and Haw ...more
The test s how both the original Latin and and an English translation.
Take this excerpt on "promise everything to everybody" as an example: "If a politician made only promises he was sure he could keep, he wouldn't have many friends. Unexpected events will always happen and the expected ones won't. Broken promises are often lost in a cloud of changing circumstances so that anger against you will be minimal." - Quintus Tullius Cicero
Make promis ...more
The story covers the process of winning an election. The methods to do so are to make promises to everyone (a broken promise hurts less than refusal to make one), do everything ...more
The best thing about this book is this guild was written during ancient Rome and still followed by Modern Politicians all around the world.
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Perhaps you and I are the exceptions??
I now know how to run for office simply by following Cicero's outline. After reading the plan, it all in the execution.
I did not know much about Cic ...more
It's still worth reading, but not to be trusted.