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Circe de clásicos y modernos

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CORREA, Soledad. Linguistic perversion and political decay in C. Licinius Macer´s speech (Sall. Hist. 3.48). Circe clás. mod. [online]. 2007, n.11, pp.101-112. ISSN 1851-1724.

The current article intends to analyze the arguments presented by the tribune of the plebs Macer, with special emphasis in his condemnation of the use of honesta nomina in order to conceal the pursuit of selfish aims. Starting from the hypothesis that the censure that Sallust puts in Macer's mouth becomes functional because it allows him to conjugate linguistics and literature with politics, we will try to outline that his concern about lexical perversion is fundamentally about ethics and politics and that it is in the same line as his recovery of the historical writing as a service to the res publica.

Keywords : Sallust; linguistic corruption; political decay.

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