Me autem nomine appellabat: avoidance of Cicero's name in his dialogues
University of Exeter. At the time of publication, the author was at the University of Ottawa
The Classical Quarterly
Cambridge University Press
Cicero's dialogue De Finibus depicts three conversations between the author and his friends. In the course of these conversations Cicero depicts himself as addressing his interlocutors directly, using the vocative case, on 45 occasions; the other characters, however, never address Cicero at all. What is the reason for this imbalance?
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