Cicero: Selected Political Speeches by Marcus Tullius Cicero

Cicero: Selected Political Speeches

byMarcus Tullius CiceroTranslated byMichael GrantIntroduction byMichael Grant

Paperback | December 8, 1977

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As the Roman Republic lurched to its close, amid corruption, ruthless power struggles and gross inequality, Cicero produced some of the most stirring and eloquent speeches ever written. Whether he is quashing the Catiline conspiracy, defending the poet Archais or railing against Mark Anthony in the Philippics - The magnificent speeches in defense of liberty that cost him his life - cicero vividly evokes for us the cut and thrust of the Roman assembly, Senate and court rooms. This excellent modern translation also enables readers to understand why Cicero was for centuries a major influence on prose writers and political thinkers of ever kind.

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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 electe...
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Title:Cicero: Selected Political SpeechesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 7.8 × 5.1 × 0.6 inPublished:December 8, 1977Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

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ISBN - 10:0140442146

ISBN - 13:9780140442144

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Table of Contents


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

A). Key to Technical Terms
B). Further Reading
C). Maps

Index of Personal Names

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The finest orator in an age of public speaking, Cicero was among the only outsiders able to infiltrate privileged aristocratic circles controlling the Roman state. Near the end of the Roman Republic, in a corrupt time marked by power struggles and inequality, Cicero created some of the most eloquent, evocative speeches ever composed. From crushing Catiline conspiracy to defending the poet Archias to condemning Mark Antony in the Philippics, these superb speeches defending freedom cost him his life. Michael Grant’s skillful translation in Selected Political Speeches helps readers to understand Cicero’s profound impact on prose writers and political thinkers for centuries.