Lawyer, philosopher, statesman and defender of Rome's Republic, Cicero was a master of eloquence, and his pure literary and oratorical style and strict sense of morality have been a powerful influence on European literature and thought for over two thousand years in matters of politics, philosophy, and faith. This selection demonstrates the diversity of his writings, and includes letters to friends and statesmen on Roman life and politics; the vitriolic Second Philippic Against Antony; and his two most famous philosophical treatises, On Duties and On Old Age - a celebration of his own declining years. Written at a time of brutal political and social change, Cicero's lucid ethical writings formed the foundation of the Western liberal tradition in political and moral thought that continues to this day.
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Table of ContentsIntroduction:
1. Cicero against Tyranny by Jerome
2. How to Live: Human Cooperation by Jerome
3. Cicero as Writer and Speaker: Translator's Problems by Jerome
4. The Fame of Cicero by Jerome
Part One: Against Tyranny
1. Attack on Misgovernment: Against Verres, I
2. Cicero's Life and Letters: Selection from his Correspondence
3. Attack on an Enemy of Freedom: The Second Philippic against Antony
Part Two: How to Live
4. A Practical Code of Behaviour: On Duties, III
5. Cato the Elder on Old Age: On Old Age
A. List of Surviving Works of Cicero
B. Genealogical Tables
C. Key to Technical Terms
D. Maps: The Roman Empire, 51 B.C.; Central Italy; Greece and West of Asia Minor; Plan of Rome
Index of Personal Names
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