Cicero, Against Verres, 2.1.53-86: Latin Text with Introduction, Study Questions, Commentary and English Translation
Looting, despoiling temples, attempted rape and judicial murder: these are just some of the themes of this classic piece of writing by one of the world's greatest orators. This particular passage is from the second book of Cicero's Speeches against Verres, who was a former Roman magistrate on trial for serious misconduct. Cicero presents the lurid details of Verres' alleged crimes in exquisite and sophisticated prose. This volume provides a portion of the original text of Cicero's speech in Latin, a detailed commentary, study aids, and a translation. As a literary artefact, the speech gives us insight into how the supreme master of Latin eloquence developed what we would now call rhetorical "spin." As an historical document, it provides a window into the dark underbelly of Rome's imperial expansion and exploitation of the Near East. Ingo Gildenhard's illuminating commentary will be of particular interest to students of Latin at both high school and undergraduate level. It will also be a valuable resource to Latin teachers and to anyone interested in Cicero, language and rhetoric, and the legal culture of Ancient Rome.
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accusative object actio allies alliteration ancient Asia Aspendos asyndetic tricolon audience causam chiasmus chiastic Cicero Cilicia circumsessus consilio consilium consul contrast copiis court criminal cum-clauses designed diceret Dolabella eius enim esset Etymology genitive Gildenhard 2011 Grammar and Syntax Greek haec happened at Lampsacus hendiadys homines homo homoioteleuton Hortensius hyperbaton Ianitor imperial indirect statement inhabitants of Lampsacus iniuria ipse iste istius Lampsacenes Lampsacus Latin legate legationis lictor lust means military neque Nero nisi noun OLD s.v. omnes omnia oration Oxford paragraph passions patris Philodamus phrase plunder polyptoton populi Romani praeteritio praetor pronoun province quae quaestor quam quid quod reference reinforces relative clause rhetorical questions Roman magistrate Rome Rome’s Rubrius sentence Servilius Sicily signa sociis sociorum atque amicorum speech statues Style and Theme stylistic device subjunctive superlative tabulas Tettius Thessalus tibi trial tricolon tuis underscore ut-clause Varro verb Verrem Verres Verrines virtute