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A collection of representative letters from Cicero's vast correspondence, with introduction and commentary.
ebook, 288 pages
Published May 6th 1986 by Penguin Group (USA) (first published 1925)
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The Cambridge edition edited by Shackleton Bailey is so so great. I've read excerpts from Cicero's correspondence before but reading so many letters back-to-back was really entertaining. Cicero's letters are much less formal in style than his speeches. Though, I got the distinct feeling that Cicero cannot quite help himself from the occasional, unnecessary rhetorical trick. Shackleton Bailey includes very few letters not written by Cicero and I could immediately tell the difference in writing st ...more
For those who treasure glimpses into the minds and hearts of historical figures, and who enjoy filling out the record with greater insights into personality and character, letters such as these are a boon. It's a wonder to think that after two thousand years we can look in on the great statesman during his informal moments - though of course the business of office/court was never far from his mind (consequently several letters also provide interesting pathways into events of the time).
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Lauren Hu
Although Cicero's insight comes through even in his personal letters, his excessive use of flattery for servants of the state makes this book rather dry reading. It is an interesting peek into the great senator and orator's mental life.
David Hunt
Dec 27, 2007 David Hunt rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Cicero was a man of quick wit, as evidenced by his speeches, of deep conviction, as evidenced by his essays, and, from the evidence of his letters at least, a good friend.

(This isn't the exact edition I read.)
Silvio Curtis
Read for class. The closest thing we'll get to an unedited look into the thought processes of a politician from the last chaotic years of the Roman Republic.
"Nothing tends more to the reader's enjoyment than varieties of circumstance and vicissitudes of fortune." Basically!
Jan 10, 2009 Jeanette marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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supposed to be a wonderful read...recommended by alberto manguel
Really surprised at how much I enjoyed these.
Ian Vloke-wurth
A must read for everyone.
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Marcus Tullius Cicero, Roman philosopher, statesman, lawyer, political theorist, and Roman constitutionalist. Cicero is widely considered one of Rome's greatest orators and prose stylists.
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