Selected Political Speeches
Amid the corruption and power struggles of the collapse of the Roman Republic, Cicero (106-43BC) produced some of the most stirring and eloquent speeches in history. A statesman and lawyer, he was one of the only outsiders to penetrate the aristocratic circles that controlled the Roman state, and became renowned for his speaking to the Assembly, Senate and courtrooms. Whether fighting corruption, quashing the Catiline conspiracy, defending the poet Archias or railing against Mark Antony in the Philippics - the magnificent arguments in defence of liberty which led to his banishment and death - Cicero’s speeches are oratory masterpieces, vividly evocative of the cut and thrust of Roman political life.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - LibraryThing
Cicero was, admittedly, a pompus git. He was almost certainly not well-liked by most of his fellow senators, and was held in contempt by not a few. He was, however, arguably the finest orator in Roman history, and close to one of its finest writers. This collection of some of his better known speeches is designed for the layman, the student and the dilettante. The translation leans toward the simplistic, but this does not detract from its value. I'm a whole-hearted fan of Penguin's editions of Classical literature. As a means of bringing the richness of Greek & Roman writing within reach of the general reading public, they are simply priceless
Review: Selected Political SpeechesUser Review - Goodreads
I liked the book. It was quite fun to get an insight into life and thinking of one of the greatest politicians of late Roman Republic. In spite of and perhaps thanks to all the pettiness and short-term pragmatism that no human can really avoid. :-)