Selected Letters

ISBN-10: 0199214204

ISBN-13: 9780199214204

Edition: 2008

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Description: Cicero lived through some of the most turbulent years in the history of Rome and witnessed first-hand the overthrow of the republic and its replacement by the tyranny of Pompey, Caesar, Mark Antony, and Octavian. One of Rome's most memorable and keenly observant writers, his letters to friends and family are an astonishingly detailed record of daily life and politics in Rome. Here is the largest one-volume selection of Cicero's letters currently available, documenting Cicero's tumultuous career and providing a month-by-month record of the final collapse of the Roman senatorial government. Covering the years 68-43 BC, the letters illuminate events from the high point of Cicero's consulship of 63, through the humiliation of his exile and subsequent subjection to the dynasts, to the assassination of Caesar in 44, and Cicero's brief hour of glory in leading senatorial resistance to the tyranny of Mark Antony. In P. G. Walsh's lively new translation, Cicero's correspondence brings to life once more all the intrigue, excitement, and danger of ancient Rome.

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List price: $17.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/15/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 4.75" wide x 7.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.748

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.

A Chronology of Cicero
Maps
Selected Letters
The Years Before the Consulship (68-65 B.C.): Letters 1-3
The Return of Pompey, and the Enmity of Clodius (62-60 B.C.): Letters 4-18
Disillusionment and Exile (59-57 B.C.): Letters 19-31
Restoration and Recantation (57-54 B.C.): Letters 32-51
Cicero as Provincial Governor (51-50 B.C.): Letters 52-66
Civil War (49-46 B.C.): Letters 67-106
The Dictatorship of Caesar (46-44 B.C.): Letters 107-134
The Last Stand for the Republic (44-43 B.C.): Letters 135-166
Concordance of the Letters with the Standard Collections
Explanatory Notes
Glossary of Terms
Index
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