Selected Letters

Selected Letters

Paperback Penguin Classics

By (author) Marcus Tullius Cicero, Abridged by D. R. Shackleton Bailey

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  • Format: Paperback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 138mm x 202mm x 20mm | 240g
  • Publication date: 25 September 1986
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0140444580
  • ISBN 13: 9780140444582
  • Edition statement: Reissue
  • Illustrations note: maps
  • Sales rank: 84,891

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The greatest orator in Roman history, Marcus Tullius Cicero remained one of the republic's chief supporters throughout his life, guided by profound political beliefs that illuminated his correspondence with both close friends and powerful aristocrats. A chronicle of a crumbling civilization during the era when the republic disintegrated and was replaced by despotism, his Letters portray a world dominated by characters who have since acquired almost mythic status - including Pompey, Caesar, Brutus, Cassius, and Mark Antony. Whether describing the vagaries of war, the collapse of Roman society, his beloved republic, or his own personal domestic dramas, all compellingly reflect the complex personality of an honourable and selfless man whose refusal to compromise ultimately cost him his life.

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Translated with an introduction by D. R. Shackleton Bailey