on 7 January 2011
The speeches in this volume are translated clearly but with sympathy towards the original Latin. The forewards to the whole book and to each speech or set of speeches are very helpful. The reader will get more out of it, though, if he/she has some understanding of Roman politics to start with.
on 24 November 2011
Cicero was a showmaster like all successful leaders were in old Rome. One thing he was always keen to demonstrate was his love for his country and these speeches don't just show us the depth of his love but also demonstrate the breadth of his knowledge and the fine art of wrapping an audience around one's finger. Sadly, such is the quality of what passes today for public speaking (i.e. political soundbites and business leaders waffling about strategy and synergy) that if I could orate half as well as Cicero does here I would be a superstar.