How to Win an Election: An Ancient Guide for Modern Politicians by Quintus Tullius CiceroIn a short pamphlet, Quintus lays out an election plan for his brother Marcus Cicero that still rings true today. Here is how to win an election. It also purports to come from his younger brother, Quintus Tullius Cicero, who was in the Senate of Rome while Marcus ran there for the. Running for office? Let Cicero be your campaign manager!
How to Win an Election
Jump to navigation. Marcus was 42 years old, brilliant, and successful. But he was not a member of the nobility, and that would ordinarily have eliminated him from consideration. The other candidates that year were so unappetizing, however, that he had a chance of winning -- at least, thought his younger brother, Quintus, if Marcus could run a good campaign. At this time in Rome, any adult male citizen could cast a ballot, but voting was done in a complicated system of groups. The richest citizens had disproportionate power, social and political patronage was crucial, and campaigns were accompanied by some bribery and occasional violence, but the electoral process was orderly and usually reasonably fair. The Commentariolum Petitionis, or "Little Handbook on Electioneering," purports to be a memo written by Quintus to Marcus telling him how to proceed.
How to Win an Election is an ancient Roman guide for campaigning that is as In 64 BC when idealist Marcus Cicero, Rome& Quintus Tullius Cicero.
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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.
This pamphlet, cast as a letter of advice, purports to tell the famous Roman orator Marcus Tullius Cicero how to conduct himself in his fourth campaign for political office. It also purports to come from his younger brother, Quintus Tullius Cicero, who was in the Senate of Rome while Marcus ran there for the consulate in 64 B. And why would the elder Cicero heed it? Marcus had to worry about the erratic Quintus and, later, his trouble-prone son, and when all three got into trouble with Julius Caesar, Quintus tried to sell out Marcus. So the family genius should take guidance from the family screw-up? And what guidance! The younger man tells his brother that he must creep and crawl to voters, promising impossible things, pretending friendship where there is none, and lying.
Cicero, a political outsider, was a brilliant man and gifted speaker with a burning desire to gain the highest office in the ancient republic. As the campaign approached, his brother Quintus wrote to him offering some advice on how to win the election that would make Machiavelli proud. You must conduct a flawless campaign with the greatest thoughtfulness, industry and care. In a short pamphlet, Quintus laid out an election plan for Marcus that still rings as true today as it did 2, years ago. Promise everything to everyone.
Quintus Tullius Cicero. Many of our ebooks are available through library electronic resources including these platforms:. What follows in his short letter are timeless bits of political wisdom, from the importance of promising everything to everybody and reminding voters about the sexual scandals of your opponents to being a chameleon, putting on a good show for the masses, and constantly surrounding yourself with rabid supporters. Speaking to us from a distance of more than two millenniums, Quintus Cicero's words are incisive and revelatory: They remind us that, when it comes to that strange beast known as politics, human nature hasn't changed very much since then. The past, that's right, isn't even past. Most reviewers of How to Win an Election have been struck by its modernity. Some things never change.