Selected Works: Against Verres I; Twenty-Three Letters; The Second Phillipic Against Anthony; On Duties III; On Old Age

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140440997
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/1960
  • Series: Penguin Classics Series
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 405,497
  • Product dimensions: 5.14 (w) x 7.86 (h) x 0.72 (d)

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Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 BC), Roman orator and statesman, was born at Arpinum of a wealthy local family. He was taken to Rome for his education with the idea of a public career and by the year 70 he had established himself as the leading barrister in Rome. In the meantime his political career was well under way and he was elected praetor for the year 66. One of the most permanent features of his political life was his attachment to Pompeii. As a politician, his greatest failing was his consistent refusal to compromise; as a statesman his ideals were more honorable and unselfish than those of his contemporaries. Cicero was the greatest of the roman orators, posessing a wide range of technique and an excpetional command of the Latin tongue. He followed the common practice of publishing his speeches, but he also produced a large number of works on the theory and practice of rhetoric, on religion, and on moral and political philosophy. He played a leading part in the development of the Latin hexameter. Perhaps the most interesting of all his works is the collection fo 900 remarkably informative letters, published posthumously. These not only contain a first-hand account of social and political life in the upper classes at Rome, but also reflect the changing personal feelings of an emotional and sensitive man.

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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

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