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Cicero: Selected Political Speeches (Penguin Classics)

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Philosophical writings on “the good life” by the great Roman orator, in a vital new translation

In the first century BC, Marcus Tullius Cicero, Roman orator, statesman, and defender of republican values, created these philosophical treatises on such diverse and trenchant topics as friendship, religion, death, fate, and scientific inquiry. This lucid and lively new translation renders the great Roman’s writings accessible to modern readers as never before. Cicero was a pragmatist at heart, but his philosophies were frequently personal and ethical, drawn not from abstract reasoning but from careful observation of the world. The resulting work reminds us of the importance of social ties, the question of free will, and the justification of creative endeavor.

About the Author

Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 BC), Roman orator and statesman, was born at Arpinum of a wealthy local family. He was taken to Rome for his education with the idea of a public career and by the year 70 he had established himself as the leading barrister in Rome. In the meantime his political career was well under way and he was elected praetor for the year 66. One of the most permanent features of his political life was his attachment to Pompeii. As a politician, his greatest failing was his consistent refusal to compromise; as a statesman his ideals were more honorable and unselfish than those of his contemporaries. Cicero was the greatest of the roman orators, posessing a wide range of technique and an excpetional command of the Latin tongue. He followed the common practice of publishing his speeches, but he also produced a large number of works on the theory and practice of rhetoric, on religion, and on moral and political philosophy. He played a leading part in the development of the Latin hexameter. Perhaps the most interesting of all his works is the collection fo 900 remarkably informative letters, published posthumously. These not only contain a first-hand account of social and political life in the upper classes at Rome, but also reflect the changing personal feelings of an emotional and sensitive man.

Table of Contents

Introduction

1 On the Command of Cnaeus Pompeius (In Support of the Manilian Law)

2 Against Lucius Sergius Catilina (i-iv)

3 In Defence of the poet Aulus Licinius Archias

4 In Defence of Marcus Caelius Rufus

5 In Defence of Titus Annius Milo

6 In Support of Marcus Claudius Marcellus

7 The First Philippic against Marcus Antonius

Appendixes

A). Key to Technical Terms

B). Further Reading

C). Maps

Index of Personal Names

Product Details

ISBN:
9780140442144
tr.:
Grant, Michael,
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Translator:
Grant, Michael
Introduction by:
Grant, Michael
Introduction:
Grant, Michael
Author:
Habinek, Thomas
Author:
Cicero, Marcus Tullius
Author:
Grant, Michael
Location:
Harmondsworth
Subject:
General
Subject:
Latin
Subject:
History & Theory
Subject:
Government and political science
Subject:
Political science
Subject:
Rome
Subject:
Rome Politics and government Sources.
Subject:
History & Surveys - Ancient & Classical
Subject:
Ancient - Rome
Subject:
Cicero, marcus tullius
Subject:
Foreign Languages-Latin
Subject:
Ancient
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Penguin Classics
Publication Date:
19771231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
7.78x5.05x.65 in. .48 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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