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The Cicero Anthology (Texts From Ancient Rome Book 11) [Kindle Edition]

Marcus Tullius Cicero
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The Cicero Anthology is a collection of the most acute and incisive works of one of the greatest and most celebrated orators in all of history.

Cicero is still celebrated to this day for his skills as a Roman Senator, rhetorician, orator, lawyer, and writer; and for the courage and conviction of his desperate efforts to preserve the Roman republic in the face of conspiracies and violence against the state.

The clear lucidity of his written insight has preserved the power of his voice through the ages, and a vast collection of his works have been brought together here in this Bybliotech Anthology.

This Anthology contains, "On Friendship", "On Old Age", "On Rhetoric", "On the nature of Good and Evil", "Academica", "On Topics", On the Commonwealth", "Scipio's Dream", "The Letters", "The Philippics", "An Oratory Against Brutus", "The Tusculum Disputations", "On the Nature of the Gods", and "On Oratory".

This unexpurgated anthology has been compiled and optimised for e-readers. It includes an active table of contents for ease of navigation, and features unique illustrations as frontispieces for the individual books in the anthology

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  • File Size: 3888 KB
  • Print Length: 1371 pages
  • Publisher: www.Bybliotech.org; 1 edition (November 7, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A410R8U
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cicero in his own words! February 13, 2014
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Cicero is one of those historic figures that winks at us. Like Ben Franklin after him, he was personally popular during his times as well as versatile. I know that I was briefly introduced to Cicero's work as an orator (in my World Cultures class), but I was totally unaware of just how much of an impact he had upon modern society. As a lawyer, orator and politician, his work still affects us (especially our language) today. So it was for these reasons that I wanted to explore his teachings, and The Cicero Anthology provided me this opportunity. There is so much material (over a thousand pages!) so I thought that the book was an excellent value, in addition to being educational.

Immediately, we become familiar with the Greek thinkers that affected Cicero, from Plato to Socrates to Aristotle. This was important to me, because it gave me a framework from which to see his thought process. In addition, I felt that Cicero's personality really came through in the words, his search for meaning through philosophy. I found myself highlighting a lot of passages so I could look at them again, at a later time.

Also, I found it interesting that some of Cicero's concerns are universal, still debated today. The other morning I was listening to a story on NPR about funding for the arts and then I come across Cicero pondering "what is to become of the arts". It is interesting how timeless much of this material is. Cicero comes across as someone who cared deeply about his countrymen, and people in general.

After reading all of these conversations (and they are surprisingly easy to read, like talking to a friend—albeit in a formal tone) I really feel like I have a firm handle on who Cicero was and how he wanted to contribute to our world. Truly fascinating stuff. As all-encompassing as this work was, I was sad to see it end. I would love to hear what Cicero would think of our modern society, too, with the internet, etc. This compilation was very nicely done!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Magnificent Collection October 1, 2013
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I have always been fascinated by the era of the Roman Empire. This book was a delightful and engrossing experience. The words of this great philosopher flows effortlessly and so eloquently throughout his work. Every word was riveting and captivating. This book is for all who appreciate ancient literature.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book anytime August 25, 2013
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I luv the way this guy writes.I even like these times of the Roman empire.Right around the 60's and 70's B.C. Seems those times when young people in Rome ran around town enjoying the pleasures of the day and night! Drinking,smoking,partying and in general having a wild time and developing a gov't and somewhat a modern society in the middle of it all.Oh ya-with prostitutes of all types peddling their wares,gladiatores as famous as a rock star in today's society and economy in BAD shape, it all sounds so familiar!! I can't put it down .
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2.0 out of 5 stars Cut to the chase December 22, 2013
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If this is a direct translation, then the poor guy had very little concept of substance. Beating around the bush is being kind...
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