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Cicero: Select Letters

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A collection of representative letters from Cicero's vast correspondence, with introduction and commentary.
Paperback, 248 pages
Published July 3rd 1980 by Cambridge University Press (first published 1925)
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Emily
May 22, 2011 Emily rated it it was amazing
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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
Timothy Phin
Dec 15, 2015 Timothy Phin rated it liked it
My review is NOT of Cicero, but of this particular edition. While I have no qualms with Professor Bailey's selection of letters, I do have some issues with the commentary itself. I'd selected this for my advanced, undergraduate course, and but in retrospect I'm not sure it was the best decision. The commentary was wide-ranging, and certainly showcases Professor Bailey's considerable knowledge of Cicero, but it was also unhelpful for undergraduates puzzling their way through the particular, and o ...more
Laure
Read or translated them in Latin. Cicero seemed very human and the grief he has over his daughters dead was very touching, he wrote some things that are very accurate today.
Judy
Dec 18, 2013 Judy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Jimmy Lu
Oct 22, 2016 Jimmy Lu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Triumph. Bravery. Disillusionment. Vanity. Righteousness. A desire to do his country good. A desire to prove his worth. A desire for acknowledgement, from the world and from himself. Cicero the man was of many faces. For as much as the ancients insisted a man's character remained still, Cicero's character was ever evolving. Justification. Rationalization. Excuses to friends and to himself. His letters afford us a front seat to the portrait of Cicero, the politician and the man, of his thoughts a ...more
David Hunt
Dec 27, 2007 David Hunt rated it really liked it  ·  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.)
Lauren Huibregtse
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.
l.
May 02, 2012 l. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Nothing tends more to the reader's enjoyment than varieties of circumstance and vicissitudes of fortune." Basically!
Silvio Curtis
Oct 02, 2010 Silvio Curtis rated it it was amazing
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.
Ian Vloke-wurth
Dec 17, 2012 Ian Vloke-wurth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A must read for everyone.
Lance
Oct 21, 2010 Lance rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really surprised at how much I enjoyed these.
Jeanette
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
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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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“Nemo est qui tibi sapientius suadere possit te ipso: numquam labere, si te audies.

(Nobody can give you wiser advice than yourself: if you heed yourself, you'll never go wrong.)”
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