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Letters to Atticus (Classics) Mass Market Paperback – 27 Jul 1978

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 736 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd (27 July 1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140443096
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140443097
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.5 x 12.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,324,788 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This selection of Cicero's letters begins in 68 BCE and end in November 44 BCE, the year before he is killed. While they are certainly fascinating reading, there are no letters from around the assassination of Julius Caesar which, rather oddly, the editor does not comment on (Selected Letters does include letters written to Brutus and others from this time). That apart, this is a wonderful glimpse into the last years of the republic, seen through Cicero's biased, gossipy, pompous and self-opinionated viewpoint.

I'm not a great fan of Cicero himself but these letters are both invaluable to classical historians as well as being a fascinating read for anyone else interested in Rome at this period.
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This collection of Cicero's letters is more satisfying than the two companion voulmes of letters to friends. The "friends" in question were better described as acquaintances and political foes and allies. Atticus, in contrast, was neither a political ally, nor a person of importance - however, he was true friend, and it is in these letters that I felt closest to understanding and appreciating Cicero as a human being, and not a politician, a transcriber of Hellenistic philosophy, or a character from history.
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