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In Catilinam I-IV ; Pro Murena ; Pro Sulla ; Pro Flacco

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Cicero (Marcus Tullius, 10643 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

Hardcover, The Loeb classical library #324, 493 pages
Published January 1st 1976 by Harvard University Press (first published 1963)
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Viktoria Michaelis
Jun 30, 2014 Viktoria Michaelis rated it it was amazing
It is difficult to get a real grip on history, on the times that have gone before us, by just reading through a modern analysis of what happened, who was involved and what, if any, the repercussions of a particular action were. Biographies of famous figures, accounts of battles, famous crimes and trials, political landmarks tend to be viewed from a distant place, from a modern point of view. To really be able to appreciate an event, often many centuries after it occurred, a reader or student nee ...more
Oct 03, 2011 Nemo rated it it was amazing
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These orations by Cicero, especially "In Catilinam" and "Pro Murena", showcase his exceptional skills as a lawyer and supreme orator, his political foresight and vision as an eminent statesmen, his intellectual capacity and erudition in law, politics, history and philosophy, and, above all, his "masterful urbanity" as a fine specimen of human being.

"In Catlilinam" (Against Catiline) is the crowning achievement of Cicero's political career. In discovering the Catilinarian Conspiracy, exposing and
John Cairns
Mar 22, 2014 John Cairns rated it really liked it
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The intro is very good, giving what is known of the historical situation. The senate's order to the consul is vague, leaving whatever illegality he has to take to save the state to him that he can be tried on it later. Obviously whatever cicero did was bound to be illegal. Therefore that he had killed citizens without trial, which was illegal, doesn't mean he wasn't justified or that he wouldn't subsequently be thought to be justified if it saved the state, as Cicero did. The question to be answ ...more
Dimitris Lioutas
Mar 22, 2014 Dimitris Lioutas rated it really liked it
A bit outdated translation but always a classic.
Sebastián Quiroga
Sep 22, 2008 Sebastián Quiroga rated it it was amazing
A masterpiece of the ciceronian has a really good approach to the topic. Also has a great description of the age of the consulship of cicero...finally, i'd said that this book must be at any personal library
Geoff Wyss
I'm not going to presume to rate this one. I didn't read it as literature per se anyway; I translated it for Latin practice.
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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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