Selected Letters (Oxford World's Classics) by Marcus Tullius Cicero

By Marcus Tullius Cicero

Cicero lived via probably the most turbulent years within the historical past of Rome and witnessed first-hand the overthrow of the republic and its substitute by means of the tyranny of Pompey, Caesar, Mark Antony, and Octavian. certainly one of Rome's such a lot memorable and keenly observant writers, his letters to family and friends are an astonishingly targeted list of way of life and politics in Rome. this is the most important one-volume number of Cicero's letters at present on hand, documenting Cicero's tumultuous occupation and supplying a month-by-month checklist of the ultimate cave in of the Roman senatorial executive. protecting the years 68-43 BC, the letters light up occasions from the excessive aspect of Cicero's consulship of sixty three, in the course of the humiliation of his exile and next subjection to the dynasts, to the assassination of Caesar in forty four, and Cicero's short hour of glory in major senatorial resistance to the tyranny of Mark Antony. In P. G. Walsh's vigorous new translation, Cicero's correspondence brings to existence once again all of the intrigue, pleasure, and threat of old Rome.

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Fufius asked Pompey whether he approved the selection of the jurymen* by the praetor, when that same praetor would be enrolling them as his panel (this was the procedure that the Senate had laid down for the hearing of Clodius’ sacrilege). Pompey then gave answer* comme grand seigneur, and at great length. He said that he always considered the authority of the Senate as supreme on all issues. Thereafter the consul Messalla asked Pompey in the Senate for his view on the issue of sacrilege and the published bill.

Do keep me carefully informed of your activities and whereabouts, and the state of your affairs.  February Letter  (Att. I ) Rome, March      You have heard that my brother Quintus, of whom I am very fond, has obtained Asia* as his province, for I have no doubt that rumour has brought you wind of this more speedily than a letter from any of us, Letter   So now, since we have always been most eager for glory, and since we both are more philhellenic than the rest and are regarded as such, and since in our devotion to the state we have incurred the hatred and enmity of many, ‘summon all the courage you can’,* and ensure that we win the praise and affection of all.

Moreover, by assailing and harassing the venal jurors, I deprived all those who enthusiastically hailed that victory, of their franc-parler. I gave the consul Piso no respite at any point, and I deprived him of the province of Syria* which had already been promised him. I recalled the Senate to its stern practice of old, and roused it from its despondency, I crushed Clodius face to face in the Senate, not only in a full-length speech of the most measured seriousness, but also in verbal exchanges, which I detail.

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