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Cicero: Catilinarians

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ISBN-10: 0521540437

ISBN-13: 9780521540438

Edition: 2007

Authors: Marcus Tullius Cicero, Andrew R. Dyck

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As consul in 63 BC Cicero faced a conspiracy to overthrow the Roman state launched by the frustrated consular candidate Lucius Sergius Catilina. Cicero's handling of this crisis would shape forever after the way he defined himself and his statesmanship. The four speeches he delivered during the crisis show him at the height of his oratorical powers and political influence. Divided between deliberative speeches given in the senate (1 and 4) and informational speeches delivered before the general public (2 and 3), the Catilinarians illustrate Cicero's adroit handling of several distinct types of rhetoric. Beginning in antiquity, this corpus served as a basic text for generations of students…    
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Book details

List price: $33.99
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 4/10/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 302
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.056
Language: English

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,…    

Introduction
Catiline's career down to 63
Background to the conspiracy
The conspiracy
The Catilinarians: publication, possible revision
Types of rhetoric within the Catilinarian corpus
Influence through the centuries
Language and style
The text
Commentary
Historical sources cited
The date of Catilinarian 1
Prose rhythm