Cincinnatus is best known for its comeback. “He served the Roman state twice,” says Laes. During his retirement he was recalled to serve the people again. “He was a successful general. After his first period as dictator, he was sent into the field again 20 years later to put down an uprising.” Is Boris Johnson already hinting at a comeback? “Cincinnatus was successful twice. Perhaps Johnson is already suggesting that he will return again.” Bitches claim that Johnson supported the new Prime Minister Truss precisely because she would have been the weakest candidate.
But the comparison doesn’t stop there. Cincinnatus was a symbol of selfless commitment to the state. “Cincinnatus didn’t cling to power. He didn’t cling to his position after he had completed his duties,” says Laes. A contrast to Johnson, who initially refused to resign after the many illegal lockdown parties at 10 Downing Street. But Johnson probably would not have interpreted this aspect of the general that way.