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Selections from the Writings of Cicero Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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About the Author
Marcus Tullis Cicero (106-43 BC) was a Roman statesman and philosopher whose lifetime coincided with the decline and fall of the Roman republic. His best-known works include On the Republic, On Duties, and Treatises on Friendship and Old Age.
Robertson Dean has recorded hundreds of audiobooks in almost every genre. He's been nominated for several Audie Awards, won nine Earphones Awards, and was named one of AudioFile magazine's Best Voices of 2010. He lives in Los Angeles, where he records books and acts in film, TV, and (especially) on stage.
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Top Customer Reviews
Micheal Grants translation and especially his introductions alone are worth the price of this book. For anyone interested in the time of the fall of the Roman Republic or Roman society and life in general, Cicero's Selected Works are definitly a good place to start your journey into learning more about this fasinating time of the people who lived it.
The negative area of the book is the rant against Antony. Cicero just seems to get a little carried away. He carries on and on, and things become rather long winded.
I would recommend this book to just about anyone. The chapter on old age, is the crowning achievement of Cicero`s writings.
This book contains some wonderful tirades which Cicero wrote - including his bitter (not to mention comical) attacks on Marc Antony (the same vehement and outspoken verbal assaults which led to his execution after the the banishment of Brutus and Cassius). It also contains Cicero's thoughts on topics such as old age and duty ethics (I wonder: how much Cicero did Kant read?). These are the writings of one of the most influential Romans from all time; a man who made his imprint on the history of the discourse of polemics. This is a fine book that contains the works of a gentleman who is sadly far under-read in this day & age.
The Roman Republic that Cicero loved was falling apart. Marius and Sulla, the Gracchi, the conflicts over the powers of the tribunes had dealt a severe blow to a form of government that had proved itself adequate for governing a city-state, but less so for managing a multi-cultural empire. Cicero fought valiantly against corrupt governors like Verres ("Against Verres") and would-be dictators like Marc Antony ("2nd Phillipic Against Antony"). When he finally threw in his lot with Pompey, he picked the wrong horse and put himself in harm's way. Eventually, Augustus and Antony had him killed as an obstacle to their plans.
The wonderful letters that Cicero wrote to his friend Atticus and others such as Pompey show his hurt at having been rudely pushed aside. He saw himself as the Savior of Rome for his part in quashing the conspiracy of Catiline, but he lived in a world where "What have you done for me lately?" was the question of the day.
Increasingly, Cicero turned to farming and philosophizing. His essays "On Duty" and "On Old Age," reprinted here, are penetrating, humane, and even Christian in a way. One could see why monk copyists of the Middle Ages saw in the Roman senator a pre-Christian piety at work.
Michael Grant supplies an excellent introduction, maps, genealogical charts, timelines, and even a glossary to guide the reader through Cicero's work. This book is definitely a keeper.
Most recent customer reviews
The Selected Works of Cicero is a good selection of pieces written at various times in Cicero’s life. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Arjen van der Wal
First of all I foundt this translation to be clear and readable, something that I have come to expect from Michael Grant.
But the material is what baffles me. Read more
Cicero's thoughts on old age which are but one selection included here are alone worth the price of this book. Read morePublished on Dec 9 2001 by R. J. Marsella
This book is good for anyone needing a helpful omnibus of Cicero. It was refressing to feel his rhetic, and see the similarities between his day and our day.Published on Oct. 27 2001 by Kendal B. Hunter