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By Micheline Aharonian Marcom

Micheline Marcom describes her most recent novel, A short background of Yes—her first considering 2008's scathing and erotic The reflect within the Well—as a "literary fado," concerning a mode of Portuguese tune that, such as the yank blues, is usually melancholic and soulful, and encapsulates the sensation of what the Portuguese name saudade—meaning, loosely, craving and nostalgia for anything or somebody irrepreably misplaced. A short background of Yes tells the tale of the break-up among a Portuguese girl named Maria and an unnamed American guy: it's a collage-like, fragmentary novel whose shape captures the workings of allure and grief, proving once more that American letters has no greater poet of affection and loss than Micheline Aharonian Marcom.

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10). The poor man’s motive for requesting death from the court in Minor Declamation 337 can be more clearly seen as an effort to “create hatred” (inuidiam facere) against his rich opponent, as he no longer has anyone left to protect. It is usually the tyrant who suspends liberty and the normal functioning of law in declamation. Scenarios based on tyranny form the basis of dozens of extant rhetorical exercises. 41 Others examine the aftermath of tyranny: tyrannicides seek rewards for their heroic exploits (DMin.

88, Vell. 22, Plut. Marius 43–45, Val. Max. 2, etc. For Marius as a model for Sulla, cf. Cic. Har. Resp. 54 horum uterque (Marius and Sulla) ita cecidit uictus ut uictor idem regnauerit; for Caesar, cf. Plut. 4; cf. 1–5. 35 For the Verginia narrative, cf. Cic. Rep. 44–49, Diod. Sic. 24, etc. For its pairing with the Lucretia narrative, cf. Val. Max. 1–2. See Joshel 2009 and Ogilvie 1970: 477. 30 Ethics, Identity, and Community If now the example of a soldier pleases you, what should I say of Verginius, who defended his daughter’s virginity the only way he could, with death, and sank the sword he snatched from a passerby into a girl who did not object?

19–21)). The advocate’s concession to the possibility of simulating virtue corroborates the view of authority as the effect of performance. The advocate inflates the tribune’s violation into a symbolic rupture within the entire military hierarchy. He raises the stakes of the attempted rape and killing through a general claim that inappropriate performance by an authoritative figure has dangerous consequences for the entire group, as it provides a negative example for subordinates. If Marius chooses to implement the virtuous exercise of authority in his army, then neither the tribune’s high rank nor his family relationship should afford him any safeguard of privilege.

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