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Cicero: Letters to Atticus - Volume 2

Marcus Tullius Cicero

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Quid autem sit acturus aut quo modo, nescio, sine senatu, sine magistratibus. Ne simulare quidem poterit quicquam πολιτικῶς. Nos autem ubi exsurgere poterimus aut quando? Quorum dux quam ἀστρατήγητος, tu quoque animadvertis, cui ne Picena quidem nota fuerint; quam autem sine consilio, res testis. Ut enim alia omittam decem annorum peccata, quae condicio non huic fugae praestitit? Nec vero, nunc quid cogitet, scio ac non desino per litteras sciscitari. Nihil esse timidius constat, nihil perturbatius. Itaque nec praesidium, cuius parandi causa ad urbem retentus est, nec locum ac sedem praesidii ullam video. Spes omnis in duabus insidiose retentis paene alienis legionibus. Nam dilectus adhuc quidem invitorum est et a pugnando abhorrentium. Condicionum autem amissum tempus est. Quid futurum sit, non video; commissum quidem a nobis certe est sive a nostro duce. . . Read More

Community Reviews

This is a collection of letters from Cicero to his good friend Atticus, running from November 68 BC to July 1, 54 BC. I was hoping for more about the Catilina affair, but there were many letters bemoaning Cicero's banishment from Rome, when Publius Clodius Pulcher, as Tribune of the Plebs, passed a

D.R. Shackleton Bailey, trans.

v1 interesting, v2 more interesting, v3 buy

Reading Cicero in Latin is time consuming and not too fun... but I'm thinking it may be worth it in the end

Although particular nuances and stylistic features are lost when translating any text, Shackleton Bailey does a fantastic job of conveying Cicero’s intended tone throughout his many ups and downs in his career. The content itself provides incredible detail of Roman politics during this complex and f

This took me way too long to read, considering how short it really is; an interesting look at the mind of one of the great orators of the Late Republic