Selected Works (cicero, Marcus Tullius)

Other Format | September 30, 1960

byMarcus Tullius CiceroTranslated byMichael GrantIntroduction byMichael Grant

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Collecting the most incisive and influential writings of one of Rome's finest orators, Cicero's Selected Works is translated with an introduction by Michael Grant in Penguin Classics.

Lawyer, philosopher, statesman and defender of Rome's Republic, Cicero was a master of eloquence, and his pure literary and oratorical style and strict sense of morality have been a powerful influence on European literature and thought for over two thousand years in matters of politics, philosophy, and faith. This selection demonstrates the diversity of his writings, and includes letters to friends and statesmen on Roman life and politics; the vitriolic Second Philippic Against Antony; and his two most famous philosophical treatises, On Duties and On Old Age - a celebration of his own declining years. Written at a time of brutal political and social change, Cicero's lucid ethical writings formed the foundation of the Western liberal tradition in political and moral thought that continues to this day.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

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As any fan of Julius Caesar knows, oratory was a highly prized art in the Roman Republic, and entire regimes would rise and fall as a result of an orator's ability to throw political "spin" on a topic and whip the mob into a frenzy. Sound familiar? There may never be a more gifted speaker and speechwriter than Marcus Tullius Cicero, an...

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Collecting the most incisive and influential writings of one of Rome's finest orators, Cicero's Selected Works is translated with an introduction by Michael Grant in Penguin Classics.Lawyer, philosopher, statesman and defender of Rome's Republic, Cicero was a master of eloquence, and his pure literary and oratorical style and strict se...

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Divided into two parts—"Against Tyranny" and "How to Live"—this selection of Cicero’s work reveals the private and public sides of his liberal personality and his opposition to oppressive and unparliamentary methods of government.

Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 bc), Roman orator and statesman, was born at Arpinium of a wealthy local family. Having been educated in Rome, by 70 bc he had established himself as a leading barrister and was beginning a successful political career. Cicero received honors usually reserved only for the Roman aristocracy and was one of ...

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Format:Other FormatDimensions:272 pages, 7.74 × 5.04 × 0.63 inPublished:September 30, 1960Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

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ISBN - 10:0140440992

ISBN - 13:9780140440997

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Table of Contents

Introduction:
1. Cicero against Tyranny by Jerome
2. How to Live: Human Cooperation by Jerome
3. Cicero as Writer and Speaker: Translator's Problems by Jerome
4. The Fame of Cicero by Jerome

Part One: Against Tyranny
1. Attack on Misgovernment: Against Verres, I
2. Cicero's Life and Letters: Selection from his Correspondence
3. Attack on an Enemy of Freedom: The Second Philippic against Antony

Part Two: How to Live
4. A Practical Code of Behaviour: On Duties, III
5. Cato the Elder on Old Age: On Old Age
Appendixes
A. List of Surviving Works of Cicero
B. Genealogical Tables
C. Key to Technical Terms
D. Maps: The Roman Empire, 51 B.C.; Central Italy; Greece and West of Asia Minor; Plan of Rome
Index of Personal Names

From Our Editors

As any fan of Julius Caesar knows, oratory was a highly prized art in the Roman Republic, and entire regimes would rise and fall as a result of an orator's ability to throw political "spin" on a topic and whip the mob into a frenzy. Sound familiar? There may never be a more gifted speaker and speechwriter than Marcus Tullius Cicero, and the impact of his orations on the course of all European literature cannot be overestimated. Penguin's Selected Works brings together some of Cicero's most inspiring speeches, and is the true fountainhead for all students of politics, psychology, philosophy or rhetoric.