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Who Is Cincinnatus and What Could Boris Johnson’s Reference to Him Mean?

Outgoing Prime Minister Boris Johnson during his his resignation speech outside 10 Downing Street.

Outgoing Prime Minister Boris Johnson during his his resignation speech outside 10 Downing Street.

Photographer: Hollie Adams

Boris Johnson's reference to an ancient Roman statesman in his resignation speech has fuelled a fervent online debate, with some suggesting it could imply a future return to frontline politics.

In the final speech in Downing Street on Tuesday morning, the Prime Minister declared: "Like Cincinnatus, I am returning to my plough."