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In Defence of the Republic

In Defence of the Republic( )
Editor: McElduff, Siobhan
Author: Cicero, Marcus Tullius
ISBN:978-0-14-045553-3
Publication Date:Nov 2011
Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group
Imprint:Penguin Classics
Book Format:Paperback
List Price:USD $16.00
Book Description:

'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...
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Book Details
Pages:352
Detailed Subjects: Literary Collections / Ancient & Classical
Political Science / General
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):5.109 x 7.761 x 0.78 Inches
Book Weight:0.561 Pounds
Author Biography
Cicero, Marcus Tullius (Editor)
Born in Arpinum on January 3, 106 B.C., Marcus Tullius Cicero was a Roman orator, writer, and politician. In Rome, Cicero studied law, oratory, philosophy, and literature, before embarking on a political career. Banished from Rome in 59 B.C. for the execution of some members of the Catiline group, Cicero devoted himself to literature. Cicero was pardoned by Julius Caesar in 47 B.C., and returned to Rome to deliver his famous speeches, known as the "Philippics," urging the senate to declare war on Marc Antony.

Cicero's chief works, written between 46 and 44 B.C., can be classified in the categories of philosophical works, letters, and speeches. The letters, edited by his secretary Tiro, showcase a unique writing style and charm. The most popular work of the period was De Officiis, a manual of ethics, in which Cicero espoused fundamental Christian values half a century before Christ.

Cicero was murdered in Formiae, Italy, on December 4, 43 B.C., by Antony's soldiers after the triumvirate of Antony, Lepidus, and Octavius was formed.

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