The Classical Quarterly (New Series)

Shorter Notes

Me autem nomine appellabat: avoidance of Cicero's name in his dialogues

Eleanor Dickeya1

a1 University of Ottawa

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?