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"Cicero lived through some of the most turbulent years in the history of Rome, and witnessed at first-hand the overthrow of the republic and its replacement by a tyranny. His letters to friends and family are an astonishingly detailed record of daily life and politics in Rome. This selection, covering the years 68-43 B.C. not merely documents in detail Cicero's career but simultaneously provides a month-by-month record of the final collapse of the Roman senatorial government. The letters provide from the inside a vivid picture of events from the
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Overview

"Cicero lived through some of the most turbulent years in the history of Rome, and witnessed at first-hand the overthrow of the republic and its replacement by a tyranny. His letters to friends and family are an astonishingly detailed record of daily life and politics in Rome. This selection, covering the years 68-43 B.C. not merely documents in detail Cicero's career but simultaneously provides a month-by-month record of the final collapse of the Roman senatorial government. The letters provide from the inside a vivid picture of events from the high point of Cicero's consulship of 63, through the humiliation of his exile and subsequent subjection to the dynasts, to the assassination of Caesar in 44, and Cicero's brief hour of glory in leading senatorial resistance to the tyranny of Mark Antony." In P. G. Walsh's lively new translation, Cicero's correspondence once more brings alive the excitement and danger of ancient Rome.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780191550256
  • Publisher: NetLibrary, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/10/2008
  • Series: Oxford World's Classics Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

P. G. Walsh has translated Apuleius, The Golden Ass; Petronius, Satyricon; Cicero, The Nature of the Gods and On Obligations; Boethius, The Consolation of Philosophy; and Pliny, Complete Letters.

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Table of Contents

A Chronology of Cicero

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1 The Years Before the Consulship (68-65 B.C.): Letters 1-3 3

2 The Return of Pompey, and the Enmity of Clodius (62-60 B.C.): Letters 4-18 9

3 Disillusionment and Exile (59-57 B.C.): Letters 19-31 48

4 Restoration and Recantation (57-54 B.C.): Letters 32-51 74

5 Cicero as Provincial Governor (51-50 B.C.): Letters 52-66 114

6 Civil War (49-46 B.C.): Letters 67-106 151

7 The Dictatorship of Caesar (46-44 B.C.): Letters 107-134 195

8 The Last Stand for the Republic (44-43 B.C.): Letters 135-166 228

Concordance of the Letters with the Standard Collections 274

Explanatory Notes 276

Glossary of Terms 353

Index 359

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