Cicero: Pro P. Sulla oratio

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This is a full-scale scholarly edition of Cicero's speech in defence of P. Cornelius Sulla, delivered in 62 BC It contains an introduction, a newly established Latin text, a commentary and appendices. The introduction includes a reassessment of Sulla's guilt and Cicero's undertaking of the case and also considers issues such as the prose rhythm of the speech and its publication. The commentary discusses history, text and syntax as well as rhetoric and style.
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"...a welcome and impressive addition to this small group of distinguished books....Berry offers a wealth of details...and balances linguistic, historical, political, and rhetorical materials more effectively than any other English commentary on a Ciceronian speech. This masterly, magisterial treatment is destined to become the standard commentary on Pro Sulla until well into the 21st century." Choice

"Berry's work is excellent. All research libraries and all classical scholars interested in Cicero will want to own it." Christopher P. Craig, Religious Studies Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521481748
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2004
  • Series: Classical Texts and Commentaries Series, #30
  • Pages: 364
  • Product dimensions: 5.43 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Table of Contents

Previous editions and commentaries
Bibliographical lists and surveys
Bibliography and abbreviations
Introduction 1
I The life of P. Cornelius Sulla 1
II The trial 14
(a) Date 14
(b) The court 14
(c) Prosecution and defence 17
(d) Cicero's reasons for accepting the case 26
(e) Was Sulla guilty? 33
(f) The morality of Cicero's defence 39
III The speech 42
(a) Structure 42
(b) Prose rhythm 49
(c) Publication 54
(d) Assessment 59
IV The manuscripts 63
(a) The tradition 63
(b) The present apparatus and text 75
Text 81
Commentary 125
APP. 1 The relationship of P. Sulla to L. Sulla 320
APP. 2 Codicum P et K lectiones ab apparatu critico exclusae 322
Index 327
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