Selected Political Speeches of Cicero on the Command of Cnaeus Pompeius Against Lucius Sergius Catilina

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Selected Political Speeches of Cicero on the Command of Cnaeus Pompeius Against Lucius Sergius Catilina

Format:  Paperback,

336 pages

Publisher: Penguin Group USA

Publish Date: Jun 1977

ISBN-13: 9780140442144

ISBN-10: 0140442146

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Publisher: Penguin Group USA
Publish Date: Jun 1977
ISBN-13: 9780140442144
ISBN-10: 0140442146
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 336
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.5
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Biography of Cicero, Marcus Tullius

Born in Arpinum on January 3, 106 B.C., Marcus Tullius Cicero was a Roman orator, writer, and politician. In Rome, Cicero studied law, oratory, philosophy, and literature, before embarking on a political career. Banished from Rome in 59 B.C. for the execution of some members of the Catiline group, Cicero devoted himself to literature. Cicero was pardoned by Julius Caesar in 47 B.C., and returned to Rome to deliver his famous speeches, known as the "Philippics", urging the senate to declare war on Marc Antony.

Cicero's chief works, written between 46 and 44 B.C., can be classified in the categories of philosophical works, letters, and speeches. The letters, edited by his secretary Tiro, showcase a unique writing style and charm. The most popular work of the period was De Officiis, a manual of ethics, in which Cicero espoused fundamental Christian values half a century before Christ. Cicero was murdered in Formiae, Italy, on December 4, 43 B.C., by Antony's soldiers after the triumvirate of Antony, Lepidus, and Octavius was formed.

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Amid the corruption and power struggles of the collapse of the Roman Republic, Cicero (106-43BC) produced some of the most stirring and eloquent speeches in history. A statesman and lawyer, he was one of the only outsiders to penetrate the aristocratic circles that controlled the Roman state, and became renowned for his speaking to the Assembly, Senate and courtrooms. Whether fighting corruption, quashing the Catiline conspiracy, defending the poet Archias or railing against Mark Antony in the Philippics - the magnificent arguments in defence of liberty which led to his banishment and death - Cicero's speeches are oratory masterpieces, vividly evocative of the cut and thrust of Roman political life.

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