How to Win an Election: An Ancient Guide for Modern Politicians

How to Win an Election An Ancient Guide for Modern Politicians How to Win an Election is an ancient Roman guide for campaigning that is as up to date as tomorrow s headlines In BC when idealist Marcus Cicero Rome s greatest orator ran for consul the highest

  • Title: How to Win an Election: An Ancient Guide for Modern Politicians
  • Author: Quintus Tullius Cicero Philip Freeman
  • ISBN: 9780691154084
  • Page: 176
  • Format: Hardcover
  • How to Win an Election is an ancient Roman guide for campaigning that is as up to date as tomorrow s headlines In 64 BC when idealist Marcus Cicero, Rome s greatest orator, ran for consul the highest office in the Republic , his practical brother Quintus decided he needed some no nonsense advice on running a successful campaign What follows in his short letter are tim How to Win an Election is an ancient Roman guide for campaigning that is as up to date as tomorrow s headlines In 64 BC when idealist Marcus Cicero, Rome s greatest orator, ran for consul the highest office in the Republic , his practical brother Quintus decided he needed some no nonsense advice on running a successful campaign What follows in his short letter are timeless bits of political wisdom, from the importance of promising everything to everybody and reminding voters about the sexual scandals of your opponents to being a chameleon, putting on a good show for the masses, and constantly surrounding yourself with rabid supporters Presented here in a lively and colorful new translation, with the Latin text on facing pages, this unashamedly pragmatic primer on the humble art of personal politicking is dead on Cicero won and as relevant today as when it was written.A little known classic in the spirit of Machiavelli s Prince , How to Win an Election is required reading for politicians and everyone who enjoys watching them try to manipulate their way into office.

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    1. This book is a new translation of the Commentariolum Petitionis, a letter supposedly written by Quintus Tullius Cicero to his older brother, Marcus Tullius Cicero, on how to win the elections for consul. The introduction notes some doubts about the authenticity of the work (other possible origins include a carefully-written propaganda piece or even an elaborate composition exercise), but he still concedes that this work is a clear-eyed view of the complex nature of Roman politics in the late Rep [...]

    2. Compared to the book I read by Cardinal Mazarin, this one was less intriguing. Perhaps it was the flat translation or just the distance in time between now and ancient Rome, but the exchanges here between the Cicero brothers brought me little insight into how campaigns are run or their personalities. Maybe I need to read it again in a few years? Or perhaps read some of the rhetoric of Cicero to fully appreciate his style. Anyway, this one didn't really do it for me.

    3. The more things change, the more they remain the same. I could identify with most of the pieces of advice given and how politicians exploit them. We just had an election in Kenya, so it was great to go through this short book and reflect on a couple of things in the book. It is the kind of book you read in-between books (well, for the polygamous readers out there, you catch the drift?)I realized that as a politician, Quintus Tullius Cicero advises, you would rather promise something that you may [...]

    4. This translation of the Commentariolum Petitionis was put out, I am assuming, in an effort to capitalize on, well, all the people who might be interested in reading something a bit more classic for the US election season. Count me in. I was actually trying to get through all of it in Latin before Election Day; that didn't happen, so I gave up and read the second half in translation.I am not a classicist and as such had never heard of the Commentariolum before I found it mentioned in the by-line [...]

    5. I came across this book at a Barnes and Nobles bookstore, on a table of books that was in front of the entrance. I picked up the little book, read the jacket cover and the back of the book, that had the endorsements of Karl 'The Architect' Rove, former U.S. Senator Gary Hart, and decided that it was worth picking up to read on the train.The book, which was translated by Philip Freeman, who also writes the introduction, was taken from the ancient Latin text the Conmmentariolum Petitionis, a short [...]

    6. This is another one of those interesting little books that have been popping up lately on Rome. The book is based on a letter from Quintus Tullius Cicero to his more famous orator brother Marcus Cicero on how to deal to an upcoming election. It reads remarkably like what a modern campaign manager would say and for those who might be disillusioned it show that cynicism in politics has been with us forever. Some of the advice is insightful - remember names,some are practical - promise everyone eve [...]

    7. Should you be concerned about the nature of today's elections, take a look at campaign strategy 2000 years ago. The key difference: John Stuart wasn't there in the Daily show to show news clips of Marcus Cicero making promises to one group while promising the opposite to another.The test s how both the original Latin and and an English translation.

    8. Or, to give it it's Latin title, Commentariolum Petitionis.A delightful little primer on electioneering that should still be read today. Although given the apparently timely nature of its advice, perhaps modern politicians are, in fact, still reading it today. Or maybe little brother Quintus invented the art of negative advertising. He reminds brother Marcus to dredge up opponents' sexual scandals. And to smile at everyone. And my favourite: to promise everyone everything because voters will be [...]

    9. Some will probably be appalled by the apparent cynicism in this translation of Quintus’ letter of advice to his brother Marcus, especially if you are a “follower of the philosopher Plato” like Marcus Cicero, but I enjoyed this short volume translated by Prof. Philip Freeman.As you read, you might think Quintus has advised Marcus to be like an Etch-a-Sketch. Newt probably could’ve taken some Quintus advice about not taking a vacation during the campaign and avoided the two he took (Greece [...]

    10. I can think of someone running for high office right now that could use this book (you can fill in the blank). Or mayben't read this book; just keep doing what you are doing!

    11. Quintus Tullius Cicero, the younger brother of the more famous Marcus, who was among the greatest orators of the late Roman Republic [1], apparently wrote this delightful little book in a lengthy letter to his older brother about how to win an election. In understanding this book, the word “an” becomes rather important. Within this book there are two different ways this word can be understood as far as its larger significance. The author, a somewhat cynical and worldly wise Roman of his time [...]

    12. FINALLY MADE IT THROUGH! ♥ This is one of the most valuable treasures I had looted from the Harvard Bookstore three or four years ago, as I debated becoming a Classics graduate student, at the same time as I assumed the responsibility of a political officer at my undergraduate university. Of course, that political job was overrun by Russian, vis á vis this song, or possibly by spending too much of my limited time at my most favourite professor's office I don't remember for sure: the ideas are [...]

    13. In this short book by Quintus Cicero, the brother of the great statesman Marcus Tullius Cicero, Quintus advises his brother on how to win his election to the consulship. In this handbook, Quintus gives Marcus the run-down on everything from patronage, campaign promises, and slander, which are hallmarks of politics to this day. It is truly remarkable that politics has not changed in the 2000 years that have passed since the handbook's creation. Upon much reflection, I believe that politics has no [...]

    14. A short book on a letter from Quintus Tullius Cicero to his brother, the most famous Ancient Roman orator Marcus Tullius Cicero. In this Quintus gives Marcus practical advice on how his brother can win an election as Consul (equivalent to President, although there were 2 Consuls in Rome). Cynical and manipulative at times in what he outlines, but nothin really shocking. If modern political candidates haven't used this as a guide for winning elections today, they're surely getting similar tips fr [...]

    15. I really liked this short treatise. Cicero's older brother offered the more famous Cicero solid advice to win his election for proconsul in the Roman Republic. His insights still prove useful for modern politicians. It also offers a number of useful tips for building lasting interpersonal relationships. Nothing too profound here, though, because it's mostly common sense. For example, before you run for public office be sure that you have the support of your family and close friends. More often t [...]

    16. Deși e clar că selecția de texte din Cicero a fost făcută pentru a deservi unui anume scop, actualitatea temelor și abordărilor sale sunt debordante. Aproape fiecare text din compilație conține fraze/expresii demne de citat în situații contemporane, iar politica românească ar face bine să (re?)citească ce spunea clasicul antic contemporan.Lucrarea e foarte bine îngrijită, iar prefața lui Maior este surprinzătoare.

    17. A MUST READ! This 2,070 year old letter from Quintus Cicero to his brother Marcus Cicero (Google them) explain the basics of campaigning and electioneering that every politician adheres to still. I'm positive Obama read the excerpts about making then breaking promises.

    18. A thin book featuring the classical text of Commentariolum Petitionis. The book contains an introduction that brings you up to speed with the context of the classical text. After that, it features the text in Latin and in English, side by side, with the 2 versions aligned to each other.

    19. I geeked out when I saw that the original Latin was printed on the left side of the pages. Great for a little bit of ancient history.

    20. "Quinto saluda a su hermano Marco. Aunque estás dotado de todo lo que los hombres pueden adquirir con el talento, la experiencia o la dedicación, no obstante, por el afecto que nos une, he juzgado conveniente explicarte por escrito lo que, día y noche, acudía a mi mente cuando pensaba en tu candidatura".Cicerón se presenta al consulado y su hermano Quinto en este relato epistolar le ofrece un manifiesto de campaña electoral para su éxito recogiendo una serie de consejos y aseveraciones qu [...]

    21. Interesting quick readIt is remarkable how little changed in politics and campaigning in the last 2000 years.The reason probably is that it works.

    22. Although men running for positions of power in the Roman Republic were deemed candidati- ‘made shining white’, due to their artificially white togas- their methods of winning elections were oftentimes anything but. In fact, Quintus Tullius Cicero informs readers in his Commentariolum Petitionis (Little Handbook on Electioneering) that “Politics is full of deceit, treachery, and betrayal”. Within this work reflecting the events of the consular election of 64 BC, Quintus Cicero presents ma [...]

    23. Interesante documento histórico cuyas ideas ya fueron elaboradas de mejor (y más extensa) manera por Maquiavelo (tal vez uno de los pensadores más malinterpretados de la historia), por lo que recomendaría este libro solo por su brevedad. No es que sea malo, pero hay mejor comida política en autores posteriores.

    24. How To Win An Election is quite interesting and enlightening, especially in light of the current presidential races (both nominations and general election) featuring Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, both of whom seem to have assimilated the worst parts of Quintus Cicero's instructions. This little volume seems to shadow (or foreshadow) Macchiavelli's The Prince, without being quite so violent or manipulative. Still, in his brother Marcus Cicero, he had excellent material to start with, a man wh [...]

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