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This review is from: Selected Letters (Classics) (Mass Market Paperback)
As a companion volume to Cicero's Letters to Atticus, this allows a broader view of both Cicero himself and the society around him. Unlike the Atticus volume this does include Cicero's letters around the assassination conspiracy and show him blatantly encouraging Brutus to murder Caesar.
The Renaissance is probably responsible for the view that Cicero was the great defender of democracy, an idea which still has currency today. These letters show the other side, though, (as do texts such as Sallust's Catiline) giving us a Cicero who can be small-minded and petty, whinging and vacillating, pompous and self-aggrandising.
So regardless of whether you're a Cicero `fan' or not, this are both crucial historical documents as well as a fascinating glimpse into classical Rome.
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Initial post: 21 Apr 2013 08:13:14 BDT
emma who reads a lot says:
Amazing, particularly when you think of how much is lost from antiquity, to think that someone's actual letters have survived. Wonderful. Thanks for the guidance.
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Last edited by the author on 10 Dec 2014 04:21:41 GMT
Anyone reading Cicero will realize very quickly that he was very far from being a defender of democracy. He was a defender of the oligarchic republic, the strictly limited constitution of the Republic and its reflection of the prejudices and interests of the very limited class of patricians within it. He regarded democracy (which was almost equated with mob rule) as an evil to be avoided. (We might perhaps have learnt from this in modern times). Hence his opposition to Caesar and other populist leaders who sought to base their power on an appeal to the plebeians over the heads of the "conscript fathers".
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