Annika Klein / Muriel Moser

Modern Scandal Theory and the Case of Clodia and Cicero in Ancient Rome

Annika Klein and Muriel Moser transfer contemporary scandal theory to a historico-cultural setting. Their study analyzes the trial of Caelius in ancient Rome and shows how Cicero used compromising information to scandalize Clodia Metelli, a witness of the trial. Klein and Moser demonstrate how the Roman public assembly was turned into a muckraking confrontation. Their study offers fruitful findings for interpersonal communication research as well as for scandal research in general. The historic analysis also reveals that negative campaigning and techniques of litigation in public relations have been part of judicial and political confrontations since ancient times.

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