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In Defence of the Republic

by Marcus Tullius Cicero

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ISBN: 9780140455533
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Cicero (106-43BC) was the most brilliant orator in Classical history. Even one of the men who authorized his assassination, the Emperor Octavian, admitted to his grandson that Cicero was: 'an eloquent man, my boy, eloquent and a lover of his country'. This selection of speeches illustrates Cicero's fierce loyalty to the Roman Republic.
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  • Paperback
    $17.59
ISBN: 9780140455533
ANNOTATION:
Cicero (106-43BC) was the most brilliant orator in Classical history. Even one of the men who authorized his assassination, the Emperor Octavian, admitted to his grandson that Cicero was: 'an eloquent man, my boy, eloquent and a lover of his country'. This selection of speeches illustrates Cicero's fierce loyalty to the Roman Republic.

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Cicero (106-43BC) was the most brilliant orator in Classical history. Even one of the men who authorized his assassination, the Emperor Octavian, admitted to his grandson that Cicero was: 'an eloquent man, my boy, eloquent and a lover of his country'. This selection of speeches illustrates Cicero's fierce loyalty to the Roman Republic.

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'Why is it my fate that everyone who was an enemy of the Republic at the same time declared war on me?' Cicero (106 - 43BCE) was the most brilliant orator in Classical history. Even one of the men who authorized his assassination, the Emperor Augustus, admitted to his grandson that Cicero was- 'an eloquent man, my boy, eloquent and a lover of his country'. This new selection of speeches illustrates Cicero's fierce loyalty to the Roman Republic, giving an overview of his oratory from early victories in the law courts to the height of his political career in the Senate. We see him sway the opinions of the mob and the most powerful men in Rome, in favour of Pompey the Great and against the conspirator Catiline, while the Philippics, considered his finest achievements, contain the thrilling invective delivered against his rival, Mark Antony, which eventually led to Cicero's death. Siobhan McElduff's new translation retains the rhetorical force of Cicero's prose while making it accessible to a modern audience. This edition includes a general introduction and biography, introductions to each speech, a chronology, glossary and suggested further reading. Translated with an introduction and notes by SIOBHAN MCELDUFF

Author Biography

Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 BC), Roman orator and statesman, was born at Arpinum to a wealthy local family. He was taken to Rome for his education with the idea of a public career and, by the year 70, he had established himself as the leading barrister in Rome. In the meantime, his political career was well under way and he was elected praetor in 66. In addition to his speeches, Cicero produced a large number of works on the theory and practice of rhetoric, on religion, and on moral and political philosophy. He was put to death in 43 BC. Siobhan McElduff is Assistant Professor of Latin Language and Literature at the University of British Columbia.

Product Details

Author
Marcus Tullius Cicero
Short Title
IN DEFENCE OF THE REPUBLIC
Publisher
Penguin Books
Language
English
Translator
Siobhan McElduff
ISBN-10
0140455531
ISBN-13
9780140455533
Media
Book
Format
Paperback
Year
2011
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Pages
315
Illustrations
Yes
Edited by
Siobhan McElduff
Translated from
Latin
Publication Date
2011-08-31
Audience
General/Trade