Political Speeches

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Oxford University Press, UK, Mar 9, 2006 - History - 345 pages
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Cicero (106-43 BC) was the greatest orator of the ancient world and a leading politician of the closing era of the Roman republic. This book presents nine speeches which reflect the development, variety, and drama of his political career. These new translations achieve new standards of accuracy. - ;'Two things alone I long for: first, that when I die I may leave the Roman people free...and second, that each person's fate may reflect the way he has behaved towards his country.' Cicero (106-43 BC) was the greatest orator of the ancient world and a leading politician of the closing era of the Roman republic. This book presents nine speeches which reflect the development, variety, and drama of his political career,among them two speeches from his prosecution of Verres, a corrupt and cruel governor of Sicily; four speeches against the conspirator Catiline; and the Second Philippic, the famous denunciation of Mark Antony which cost Cicero his life. Also included are On the Command of Gnaeus Pompeius, in which he praises the military successes of Pompey, and For Marcellus, a panegyric in praise of the dictator Julius Caesar. These new translations preserve Cicero's rhetorical brilliance and achieve new standards of accuracy. A general introduction outlines Cicero's public career, and separate introductions explain the political significance of each of the speeches. Together with its companion volume, Defence Speeches, this edition provides an unparalleled sampling of Cicero's oratorical achievements. -

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User Review  - Kristin Campbell - Goodreads

I love antiquity. Cicero was a great orator, really new how to orchestrate words and draw an audience. I read a lot about the history of the cases before reading this book and it just made it feel so...in the moment. Cicero might have been a prude but he was a genious. Read full review

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Marcus Tullius Cicero (106 BC-43 BC) was an orator, statesman, political theorist, and philosopher of Ancient Rome. He is generally considered the greatest Latin orator and prose stylist. D.H. Berry is a Senior Lecturer in Classics, University of Leeds.

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