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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In his letter Quintus Cicero gives advice to his brother Marcus Cicero on how to win an election. The advice that Quintus gives Marcus rings true even in 21st Century American politics. The letter is mostly serious but at times is even funny. As I was reading it I thought about whether Quintus was giving him good advice considering they are brothers and all. Not only is he supportive of his brother by telling him about his strengths as a cand ...more
I realized that as a politician, Quintus Tullius Cicero advises, you would rather promise something that you may ...more
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
The test s how both the original Latin and and an English translation.
A delightful little primer on electioneering that should still be read today. Although given the apparently timely nature of its advice, perhaps modern politicians are, in fact, still reading it today. Or maybe little brother Quintus invented the art of negative advertising. He reminds brother Marcus to dredge up opponents' sexual scandals. And to smile at everyone. And my favourite: to promise everyone everything because voters will be ...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
This is one of the most valuable treasures I had looted from the Harvard Bookstore three or four years ago, as I debated becoming a Classics graduate student, at the same time as I assumed the responsibility of a political officer at my undergraduate university.
Of course, that political job was overrun by Russian, vis á vis this song, or possibly by spending too much of my limited time at my most favourite professor's office... I don't remember for sure: the ideas are ...more
Lucrarea e foarte bine îngrijită, iar prefața lui Maior este surprinzătoare.
What is in this letter is all the tricks a politician can play to win elections from the good ones of being honest and ...more