Marcus Tullius Cicero - In Catilinam 1-2. PDF

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    eBook formatPaperback, (torrent)En
    PublisherBristol Classical Press
    File size4.5 Mb
    GanreNon Fiction
    Release date 02.02.2009
    Pages count144
    Book rating4.61 (141 votes)
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PDF There is little more obvious in these speeches than Cicero's ego, so when, finally, the reader has braved his way through hundreds of lines of self-congratulation—at times disguised as praise of the gods or those who assisted his exploits, at others unabashedly undisguised—and sentences not unlike the present one, the reader will be gratified by the irony of a claim in the middle of the fourth oration like, "Who is more meek than I (quis enim est me mitior)?"

The supplemental commentary is very helpful and never seems to under- or over-estimate its readers' common sense and ability. I found that there was little I had to look up in a reference grammar to make an accurate reading. The historical essays in the back are a good gloss on Republican history, with a little insight you might not glean from a web search. The binding (though glue) is excellent.

Ciceronian Latin is supposed to be the epitome of classical style. Perhaps, but I don't particularly care for it. (I look forward to reading his letters, which are supposed to be less pretentious and more confessional.) The course I'm in has us reading Sallust's account, Bellum Catilinae, whose style and genre is drastically and purposely very different; it seems an advisable plan for anyone if he wants a more balanced historical and stylistic view of this crisis in Republican Rome.

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