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In Defence Of The Republic



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Author: Cicero
ISBN: 9780140455533
Publisher: Penguin UK
Year First Published: 2011
Pages: 352
Dimensions: 199mm x 131mm x 20mm
Format: Paperback / softback

‘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. Siobhán 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 SIOBHÁN MCELDUFF