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Cicero: Letters to Atticus - Volume 3

Marcus Tullius Cicero

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. . . a good enough excuse, as his son is all he could wish—you say you think he will sell, if we add one other thing, which he shrinks from mentioning, though he has set his heart on it.[74] You ask me to fix my

74.  Others take destinare here in the Plautine sense of "buy"; and Shuckburgh translates the end of the sentence "if we should include something else, which he is anxious to get rid of, as he had of his own accord determined not to do so."

66constituam et quantum anteire istos hortos Drusi. Accessi numquam; Coponianam villam et veterem et non magnam novi, silvam nobilem, fructum autem neutrius, quod tamen puto nos scire oportere. Sed mihi utrivis istorum tempore magis meo quam ratione aestimandi sunt. Possim autem adsequi necne, tu velim cogites. Si enim Faberianum venderem, explicare vel repraesentatione non dubitarem de Silianis, si modo adduceretur, ut venderet. Si venales non haber. . . 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