The Letters of Cicero
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2015 M12 2 - 96 pages
Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 B.C.) was one of the most famous Romans in his day, and posterity has been even kinder to him. Cicero was a legend in his own time for his oratory abilities, which he used to persuade fellow Senators and denounce enemies like Catiline and Mark Antony, but he was also one of Rome's most prodigious writers and political philosophers. Alongside Pericles, Cicero was one of antiquity's greatest politicians, and he has remained one of the most influential statesmen in history, relied upon by the Romans of his day, political philosophers like John Locke, Enlightenment thinkers like Rousseau, and America's Founding Fathers. Thomas Jefferson credited Cicero as an inspiration for the Declaration of Independence, and John Adams asserted, "As all the ages of the world have not produced a greater statesman and philosopher united than Cicero, his authority should have great weight."
The period covered by the letters of Cicero is one of the most important periods not just for Rome but for the history of the world, covered by one of the most knowledgeable authorities at the time. The letters cover the death of Caesar the year before, all the way up until Cicero himself is hunted down by the forces of Mark Antony and Octavian and put to death. By looking at his letters to family, friends, and public figures, readers can get in the mind of the Republic's most famous politician.
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