The Authority of Ennius and the Annales in Cicero's Philosophical Works.
Degree GrantorUniversity of Canterbury
Degree NameMaster of Arts
No author from antiquity has had more influence on modern perceptions of the ancient poet, Ennius, than the late-Republican orator, Cicero. Indeed, Cicero helped transform the image of Ennius from that of a poet to an auctor, an authoritative source. Likewise, at the hands of Cicero, Ennius’ Annales was portrayed in a variety of ways, ranging from a work with scientific credibility, to a text actively involved in the transmission of Roman culture. This thesis aims to explore the ways in which Cicero constructed the authority of Ennius and his Annales through a close analysis of the citations in his philosophical works. As a result of this examination I hope to shed light on the different authority-building techniques with which Cicero crafted Ennius into a formidable source of auctoritas, while also considering his motives and the consequent image of Ennius that arises.