Is the Dialogus de oratoribus of Tacitus a tale upon the distances between credit, virtue and moral responsibility? This paper aims to enlighten the ties of this work with the important debate on magnitudo animi celebrated in Cicero’s de officiis. As constitutive property of credit, magnitudo animi is however in Cicero the Achilles’ heel of civic identity, putting the best man in jeopardy through a transformation in the most dangerous one for common life. In the de officiis, Cicero will find in verecundia, one of the components of decorum, an ethical model embedding the cooperative virtue of justice. In imperial age, verecundia seems to be, as Tacitus says in Agricola, the best tool for saving the political agency of worthy men in a state ruled by the emperor’s power.
|Numero di pagine||19|
|Stato di pubblicazione||Published - 2017|