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Cicero Ancient Classics for English Readers

3.85  ·  Rating Details ·  62 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
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Kindle Edition, 138 pages
Published May 17th 2012 (first published April 3rd 2009)
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Jan 27, 2014 Drew rated it liked it
This was a cool, short book about Cicero's life and philosophy. Collins uses many direct quotes from Cicero's speeches so you get to see much of what Cicero actually said or wrote, with the obvious caveat of the translation from Latin to English. One advantage of the format of the book is that Collins provides the reader with the context of Cicero's speeches. This is nice because it would be pretty hard to understand his speeches from court without knowing some details of the case.

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Matt Simmons
Mar 15, 2016 Matt Simmons rated it really liked it
An exceptional brief introduction to Cicero, his life and thought, that doesn't shy away from the warts and flaws. This isn't an hagiography, but an even-handed introduction. Collins writes in clear and lucid prose that still feels accessible and lively to us, these 150 or so years later. He does, however, run a bit too quickly past some of the political machinations of the late Republic (especially the Catiline conspiracy and the Caesar/Pompey rivalry), making some parts of the biography seem ...more
Steven Piet
Nov 21, 2016 Steven Piet rated it it was amazing
Wish I had studied Cicero before

I've long admired Greek philosophy and Roman engineering. This book filled in such an important gap- a bit on Roman philosophy. Clearly written.
Daniel Harris
Dec 24, 2014 Daniel Harris rated it really liked it
I now love Cicero

Anyone who has an interest in Cicero or his works should read this. Not only is it an account of all of his works, but it talks about his personal life. It also gives us an idea of the horrifying prescriptions of the Second Triumvirate. The only major issue I had with this book was that it could have gone through another round of editing.
Russell James
Oct 19, 2014 Russell James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Collins is an undeservedly forgotten Victorian writer and editor, and this is one of the Ancient Classics series that he edited. Lucidly written as always, this account shows Cicero the man - and if the man can disappoint (he is presented here warts and all) his treatises do not. A fine introduction to Cicero.
Feb 13, 2015 Frederick rated it really liked it
Very enjoyable and informative. I recommend it as a start for anyone wanting to learn more about Cicero.
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