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Cicero: Philippics I-II

Cicero: Philippics I-II



Part of Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics

  • Date Published: September 2003
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521422857

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  • This edition is the first since J. D. Denniston's of 1926 to present the Latin text of and a commentary on the First and Second Philippics, two of the most polished orations in the Ciceronian corpus. These speeches, which were composed less than six months after the murder of Julius Caesar in March 44 BC, offer a scathing account of the early years and the rise to power of Mark Antony, Caesar's chief lieutenant. The period covered by these speeches (roughly 63–44 BC) is an important one because the Roman state was in transition from Republic to Empire. The Second Philippic not only gives us Cicero's assessment of his own political career and place in Roman history from a perspective late in life, but it also provides a vivid eyewitness account of how the dominance first of Julius Caesar and later of Mark Antony was shifting the locus of power from the Senate and Roman aristocracy to a single dynast.

    • First edition since 1926 to present the Latin text and full commentary on two of Cicero's most polished and interesting speeches
    • Wide-ranging and thorough commentary, covering points of style and grammar, as well as historical matter
    • Commentary provides an important reassessment of the relationship between the general and dictator Julius Caesar and his lieutenant Mark Antony
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    'All the extras which I like are here - the map of the roman world … a map of the centre of Rome … and a calendar summarising the year 44 which is surely vital for such a work'. JACT

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2003
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521422857
    • length: 380 pages
    • dimensions: 201 x 127 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.41kg
    • contains: 1 map
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    References and abbreviations
    Map 1: the Roman world in 50 BC
    Map 2: Rome in the Late Republic
    Calendar of events of 44 BC
    1. Historical background
    2. Survey of the primary sources
    3. The Philippics
    4. Prose rhythm
    5. The text

  • Author

    Marcus Tullius Cicero


    John T. Ramsey, University of Illinois, Chicago
    John T. Ramsey is Professor of Classics at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His publications include two commentaries on Sallust and Cicero and, with A. Lewis Licht, a monograph entitled The Comet of 44 BC and Caesar's Funeral Games (1997; ISBN HB 0788 502735; PB 0788 502743).

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