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Rhetorica ad Herennium

Rhetorica ad Herennium

by Cicero, Harry CaplanCicero
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Cicero (Marcus Tullius, 106–43 BCE), Roman lawyer, orator, politician and philosopher, of whom we know more than of any other Roman, lived through the stirring era which saw the rise, dictatorship, and death of Julius Caesar in a tottering republic. In his political speeches especially and in his correspondence we see the excitement, tension and intrigue of politics and the part he played in the turmoil of the time. Of about 106 speeches, delivered before the Roman people or the Senate if they were political, before jurors if judicial, 58 survive (a few of them incompletely). In the fourteenth century, Petrarch and other Italian humanists discovered manuscripts containing more than 900 letters of which more than 800 were written by Cicero and nearly 100 by others to him. These afford a revelation of the man all the more striking because most were not written for publication. Six rhetorical works survive and another in fragments. Philosophical works include seven extant major compositions and a number of others; and some lost. There is also poetry, some original, some as translations from the Greek.

The Rhetorica ad Herrenium was traditionally attributed to Cicero and reflects, as does Cicero’s De Inventione, Hellenistic rhetorical teaching. But most recent editors attribute it to an unknown author.

The Loeb Classical Library edition of Cicero is in twenty-nine volumes.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674994447
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 01/01/1954
Series: Loeb Classical Library , #403
Edition description: 6th printing/1st pub.1954/indexes
Pages: 496
Sales rank: 560,521
Product dimensions: 4.25(w) x 6.38(h) x (d)

About the Author

Harry Caplan (1896–1980) was Goldwin Smith Professor of Classical Languages and Literatures at Cornell University.

Table of Contents




List Of Cicero's Works

Rhetorica Ad Herennium

Book I

Book II

Book III

Book IV


Index Of Greek Words

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