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Cicero, Against Verres, 2.1.53-86: Latin Text with Introduction, Study Questions, Commentary and English Translation [Hardcover]

Ingo Gildenhard
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18 Nov 2011 1906924546 978-1906924546
Looting, despoiling temples, attempted rape and judicial murder: these are just some of the themes of this classic piece of writing by one of the world's greatest orators. This particular passage is from the second book of Cicero's Speeches against Verres, who was a former Roman magistrate on trial for serious misconduct. Cicero presents the lurid details of Verres' alleged crimes in exquisite and sophisticated prose. This volume provides a portion of the original text of Cicero's speech in Latin, a detailed commentary, study aids, and a translation. As a literary artefact, the speech gives us insight into how the supreme master of Latin eloquence developed what we would now call rhetorical "spin". As an historical document, it provides a window into the dark underbelly of Rome's imperial expansion and exploitation of the Near East. Ingo Gildenhard's illuminating commentary will be of particular interest to students of Latin at both high school and undergraduate level. It will also be a valuable resource to Latin teachers and to anyone interested in Cicero, language and rhetoric, and the legal culture of Ancient Rome.

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  • Hardcover: 210 pages
  • Publisher: Open Book Publishers (18 Nov 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906924546
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906924546
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.6 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,571,825 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Verres good, well done 2 Jan 2013
Useful, not to say indispensable addition to the library for the current OCR AS Latin Prose Literature specification.

The commentary on Cicero's style is good, though not as comprehensive as one might find in a more ancient edition, but it is more accessible to the modern sixth-former.

The study questions and grammar notes are similarly useful, but most teachers will want to supplement them, perhaps considerably.

The Latin text is cut-and-pasted from double-u double-u double-u dot the latin library dot com; the translation is, in the author's own words, 'of no literary value' - although, of course, invaluable to students who might have other values!

All this and more is modestly acknowledged by the author in his Preface.

I bought it; I've used it; it works - but I did have to turn up to class myself!
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