Cicero's Speech: Pro Rabirio Postumo by Mary Siani-DaviesCicero's Speech: Pro Rabirio Postumo by Mary Siani-Davies

Cicero's Speech: Pro Rabirio Postumo

byMary Siani-DaviesAs told byMary Siani-Davies

Paperback | January 15, 2001

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Cicero's speech delivered in the mid 50s BC in defence of Gaius Rabirius Postumus was the last of a series of trials which followed the restoration of the Egyptian king, Ptolemy XII Auletes, to his throne. This had been secured through the services of a Roman army which had acted on thepromise of a huge illegal bribe. Rabirius Postumus, a leading financier, had travelled to Egypt to collect the promised money acting on behalf of himself and other creditors of the king, including Caesar and Pompey. On his return political opponents placed him, amongst others, on trial. This bookprovides a new translation the speech and the first commentary in English of a work which is a major source for Roman and Egyptian history at the time of the late Republic. The extensive introduction furnishes a comprehensive review of the events surrounding the trial as well as a significantreappraisal of the career of Rabirius Postumus who is shown to be a major actor on the Roman political stage. The detailed commentary discusses historical and legal points and also includes a number of important textual emendations.
Marcus Tullius Cicero (106 BC-43 BC) was an orator, statesman, political theorist, and philosopher of Ancient Rome. He is generally considered the greatest Latin orator and prose stylist. Mary Siani-Davies is at Royal Holloway College, University of London.
Title:Cicero's Speech: Pro Rabirio PostumoFormat:PaperbackDimensions:296 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.63 inPublished:January 15, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199240965

ISBN - 13:9780199240968

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`This excellent and useful volume presents the first English-language commentary on this brief but historically important speech since the 19th century mainly philological commentary of George Long ... Mary Siani-Davies has done us all a great service with this honed and careful publication'Bryn Mawr Classical Review