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Letters to Quintus, Brutus, Octavian and Letter Fragments: 462 Twarda oprawa – 6 marca 2002
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Cicero's letters to his brother, Quintus, allow us an intimate glimpse of their world. Vividly informative too is Cicero's correspondence with Brutus dating from the spring of 43 BCE, which conveys the drama of the period following the assassination of Julius Caesar. These are now made available in a new Loeb Classical Library edition.Shackleton Bailey also provides in this volume a new text and translation of two invective speeches purportedly delivered in the Senate; these are probably anonymous ancient schoolbook exercises but have long been linked with the works of Sallust and Cicero. The Letter to Octavian, ostensibly by Cicero but probably dating from the third or fourth century CE, is included as well. Here too is the Handbook of Electioneering, a guide said to be written by Quintus to his brother, an interesting treatise on Roman elections.
- Wydawca : Harvard University Press; Edycja Bilingual (6 marca 2002)
- Język : Angielski
- Twarda oprawa : 496 str.
- ISBN-10 : 0674995996
- ISBN-13 : 978-0674995994
- Wymiary : 11.48 x 2.31 x 16.56 cm
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The major part of this volume contains letters from M. Cicero to his only brother, Quintus. It also includes letters to Brutus. All but two of the letters to Brutus are thought genuine. The Letter to Octavian and The Invectives follow. These are spurious. Finally there is the Handbook of Electioneering. This was attributed to Quintus writing to his brother. This attribution is contested.
The first letter to Quintus is long and was written by M. Cicero, the elder statesman, to his brother when he had become the Proconsul of the Roman province of Asia. In many ways this balances the Handbook of Electioneering at the end of the volume. The other letters are shorter. They are a mixture of politics, advice, family matters, news and gossip. The conversation is one-sided as all the letters are from M. Cicero to his brother. They all date from 59 to 54 BCE. The letters between M. Cicero and Brutus are short and serious as they were written later, during the Civil War.
The problem with letters is that the reader must supply the context. I preferred the letters to Brutus, being aware that correspondents would both be destroyed in the war which destroyed their beloved republic. The Invectives and Letter to Octavian I ignored. I enjoyed the Handbook of Electioneering. Spurious or not, it has merit, giving an insight into the character of Roman republican politics.
At the end of the book is a 3 page Appendix on Roman dates, money and names and a 13 page Glossary, plus an Index.
This is a Loeb. These are classical texts published by Harvard in either Latin or Greek with a parallel English translation, with red covers for Latin and green covers for Greek. They are beautifully made, always a standardised size of 6 ½" by 4 ½" which fits in your hand or your pocket, printed on acid-free paper and in hard back only. In this age of e-books, they are objects to be kept as well as books to be read.
Other Loeb collections of letters by Cicero:
Letters To Atticus Vol 1 , Vol , Vol 3 , Vol 4
Letters to His Friends Vol 1 , Vol 2 , Vol 3