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Cambridge University Press, Apr 29, 2010 - History - 242 pages
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Sextus Roscius was murdered in Rome some months after the official end of the Sullan proscriptions on 1 June 81 BC. The case was tried early the following year with a young Cicero acting as defense counsel in his first criminal case for the accused son. Though a novice, Cicero was able to tap into the public anger over the uncontrolled killing and looting of the proscriptions and channel it against the men behind the prosecution, T. Roscius Magnus and T. Roscius Capito. Cicero won a career-making victory, establishing his reputation as a formidable advocate. This, the first new edition of the work in English to be published for almost a century, provides a Latin text and commentary updated to take account of advances in the study of the Latin language as well as Roman institutions, law and society. It is suitable for use with upper-level undergraduates and graduate students.

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Marcus Tullius Cicero (English byname Tully) was a Roman statesman, lawyer, scholar and writer who tried to uphold Republican principles in the final civil wars that destroyed the Roman Republic. His writings include books of rhetoric, orations, philosophical and political treatises and letters. He is remembered in modern times as the greatest Roman orator, and innovator of what became known as Ciceronian rhetoric. Born Jan. 3 106 B.C.E.,died Dec. 7 43 B.C.E.

Andrew R. Dyck is Professor Emeritus of Classics at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is the author of many commentaries on works of Cicero, including De officiis, De legibus, De natura deorum I, Catilinarians and Pro Sexto Roscio, as well as numerous articles and reviews. He is currently writing a biography of Cicero.

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