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Selected Works by Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Jul 12, 2014

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A bit of a mixed bag. I enjoyed Against Verres, some of the letters, and the Second Philippic, but was a little disappointed by On Duties. It was noticeable how much more competent he seems when discussing legal philosophy than ethics. Although he clearly fancied himself as a philosopher, to me it seems obvious that his core ability was as a lawyer / orator, and his attacks on Verres and Antony are fantastic no-holds-barred assaults. Worth a read for those of us who missed out on a classical education.

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