Capitoline: Cicero, Politics, and the 21st Century


Nelson, Scott, Ph.D. & Matthew Edwards


Scott B. Nelson is Research and Strategy Advisor at the Austrian Economics Center and the Hayek Institute, in Vienna, Austria. He is the author of Tragedy and History: The German Influence on Raymond Aron’s Political Thought. Nelson holds a B.A. in Greek and Roman Studies from the University of Calgary, an M.A. in Advanced International Studies from the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna, and a doctorate from the University of Vienna.

Matthew Edwards is a Vienna-based analyst and consultant. He focuses on security affairs, political risk, and international development and has worked for the British Ministry of Defence. Edwards frequently writes and speaks on resource politics, counterterrorism, and policy development. He holds a B.A. in history from the University of York and an M.A. in War Studies from King’s College, London. He is currently pursuing a second graduate degree, in Viking Studies, at the University of the Highlands and Islands, Scotland.

Capitoline: Cicero, Politics, and the 21st Century addresses the West’s current crisis of confidence. Reflecting on how the famed Roman philosopher-statesmen Marcus Tullius Cicero thought and acted in a time of great turbulence in the ancient world, Capitoline has lessons for students of politics and statesmen alike in the 21st century. Cicero’s example shows that the survival of liberal democracy requires us to recover a sense of nobility in politics – a balance of power, honor, and justice with the pursuit of truth for the common good.

Capitoline brings the reader into the dirty politics of the late Roman Republic and tells how Cicero rose to the top in this environment. He managed to work with people who were often diametrically opposed to him, juggling different power blocks and interest groups, while trying to implement reforms, all at a time when the state apparatus and public consensus holding the Republic together were breaking down. Cicero was able to attain power, all the while maintaining his own integrity and advancing the interests of his people. Additionally, Cicero and his time bring much needed perspective to our political thinking by enabling us to examine events through a prism of assumptions different from those we have inherited from the turmoil of the 20th century.

Political Science, History, Philosophy, Political Philosophy, Ancient History, Cicero, Roman Republic, Intellectual History
Release Date: 
June 15, 2022
9781680538762 Hardcover
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