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Defence Speeches

ISBN-10: 0192825127
ISBN-13: 9780192825124
Edition: 2000
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Description: 'But I must stop now. I can no longer speak for tears - and my client has ordered that tears are not to be used in his defence.'Cicero (106-43 BC) was the greatest orator of the ancient world: he dominated the Roman courts, usually appearing for the  More...

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Book details

List price: $14.95
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/24/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

'But I must stop now. I can no longer speak for tears - and my client has ordered that tears are not to be used in his defence.'Cicero (106-43 BC) was the greatest orator of the ancient world: he dominated the Roman courts, usually appearing for the defence. His speeches are masterpieces of persuasion: compellingly written, emotionally powerful, and somtimes hilariously funny. This book presents five of his most famous defences: of Roscius, falsely accused of murdering his father; of the consul-elect Murena, accused of electoral bribery; of the poet Archias, on a citizenshiup charge; of Caelius, ex-lover of ClodiaMetelli, on charges of violence; and of Milo, for mudering Cicero's hated enemy Clodius. Cicero's clients were rarely whiter-than-white; but so seductive is his oratory that the reader cannot help taking his side. In these speeches we are plunged into some of the most exciting courtroom dramas of alltime.These new translations preserve Cicero's literary artistry and emotional force, and achieve new standards of accuracy. Each speech has its own introduction, and a general introduction discusses Cicero's public career and the criminal courts. The substantial explanatory notes guide the reader through the speeches, and offer new scholarship presented in a clear way.

Born in Arpinum on January 3, 106 B.C., Marcus Tullius Cicero was a Roman orator, writer, and politician. In Rome, Cicero studied law, oratory, philosophy, and literature, before embarking on a political career. Banished from Rome in 59 B.C. for the execution of some members of the Catiline group, Cicero devoted himself to literature. Cicero was pardoned by Julius Caesar in 47 B.C., and returned to Rome to deliver his famous speeches, known as the "Philippics," urging the senate to declare war on Marc Antony. Cicero's chief works, written between 46 and 44 B.C., can be classified in the categories of philosophical works, letters, and speeches. The letters, edited by his secretary Tiro, showcase a unique writing style and charm. The most popular work of the period was De Officiis, a manual of ethics, in which Cicero espoused fundamental Christian values half a century before Christ. Cicero was murdered in Formiae, Italy, on December 4, 43 B.C., by Antony's soldiers after the triumvirate of Antony, Lepidus, and Octavius was formed.

Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
Introduction
Note on the Translation
Note on the Latin Text
Select Bibliography
Chronology
Defence Speeches
Pro Roscio Amerino ('For Roscius of Ameria')
Pro Murena ('For Murena')
Pro Archia ('For Archias')
Pro Caelio ('For Caelius')
Pro Milone ('For Milo')
Explanatory Notes
Glossary

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