Murder Trials

Murder Trials

Paperback Penguin Classics Language: English / Latin

By (author) Marcus Tullius Cicero, Edited by Michael Grant, Translated by M. Grant

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  • Format: Paperback | 368 pages
  • Language: English / Latin
  • Dimensions: 132mm x 198mm x 21mm | 277g
  • Publication date: 30 September 1975
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 014044288X
  • ISBN 13: 9780140442885
  • Edition statement: Reissue
  • Illustrations note: maps, bibliography, index
  • Sales rank: 132,467

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Cicero's speeches "In Defence of Sextus Roscius of Amerina," "In Defence of Aulus Cluentius Habitus," "In Defence of Gaius Rabirius," "Note on the Speeches in Defence of Caelius and Milo," and "In Defence of King Deiotarus" provide insight into Roman life, law, and history.

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An accomplished poet, philosopher, rhetorician, and humorist, Marcus Tullius Cicero (106 BC-43 BC) was also the greatest forensic orator Rome ever produced. But to Cicero, service to the res publica (literally, "the public affair") was a Roman citizen's highest duty. At age 26 (in 80 BC), he successfully defended a man prosecuted unjustly by a crony of the bloodthirsty dictator Sulla. In 69 BC, he brought to order the corrupt Sicilian governor Verres. As consul in 63 BC, he put down the Catilinarian conspiracy; later, he was sent into exile for refusing to join the First Triumvirate. Late in life, he led the Senate's gallant but unsuccessful battle against Antony, for which he paid with his life on 7 December 43 BC.

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Cicero was still in his twenties when he got Sextus Roscius off a charge of murdering his father and nearly sixty when he defended King Deiotarus, accused of trying to murder Caesar. In between (with, among others, his speeches for Cluentius and Rabirius), he built a reputation as the greatest orator of his time.Cicero defended his practice partly on moral or compassionate grounds of 'human decency'--sentiments with which we today would agree. His clients generally went free. And in vindicating men--who sometimes did not deserve it--he left us a mass of detail about Roman life, law and history and, in two of the speeches, graphic pictures of the 'gun-law' of small provincial towns.

Table of contents

Murder Trials Introduction I. In Defence of Sextus Roscius of Ameria 1. The Innocence of Sextus Roscius 2. The Guilt of Magnus and Capito 3. Chrysogonus: the Criminal behind the Scenes II. In Defence of Aulus Cluentius Habitus 1. The Trial and Crimes of Oppianicus 2. Previous Verdicts Quoted AGainst Cluentius 3. The Innocence of Cluentius III. In Defence of Gaius Rabirius IV. Note on the Speeches in Defence of Caelius and Milo V. In Defence of King Deiotarus Appendix A: List of Terms Appendix B: Genealogical Tables Appendix C: Table of Dates Appendix D: Further Reading Maps Index