As the greatest Roman orator of his time, Cicero delivered over one hundred speeches in the law courts, in the senate and before the people of Rome. He was also a philosopher, a patriot and a private man. While his published speeches preserve scandalous accounts of the murder, corruption and violence that plagued Rome in the first century BC, his surviving letters give an exceptional glimpse into Cicero's own personality and his reactions to events as they unravelled around him - events, he thought, which threatened to destabilize the system of government he loved and establish a tyranny over Rome. From his rise to power as a self-made man, Cicero's career took him through the years of Sulla, and the civil war between Pompey and Caesar, to his own last fight against Mark Antony. Drawing chiefly on Cicero's speeches and letters, as well as the most recent scholarship, Kathryn Tempest presents a new, highly readable narrative of Cicero's life and times from his rise to prominence until his brutal death.
Including helpful features such as detailed chronological tables, a glossary, a guide to Greek and Roman authors and maps, the volume balances background and contextual information with analysis and explanation of Cicero's works. Organized chronologically and according to some of his most famous speeches, Cicero will appeal to anyone with an interest in Roman history, oratory and politics in the ancient world. This accessible yet comprehensive guide provides a thorough introduction to this key ancient figure, his works and influence, and the troubled political times in which he operated.
A student-friendly, accessible and comprehensive guide to Cicero, combining analysis of his works with biographical and historical detail.
'The picture of the cut and thrust of Roman politics is as beguiling as the man, and Tempest does an admirable job in bringing the orator's orator to life.' -- Good Book Guide Author Kathryn Tempest took part in a live one-hourspecial on Cicero, on the Irish radio 'Newstalk'http://www.newstalk.ie/2011/programmes/all-programmes/talking-history/cicero-sunday-october-2nd/ By the end of the book, readers will appreciate the complexity not only of Cicero's character, but also of the extraordinary shift from republic to empire. Recommended. -- CHOICE Tempest's amazingly detailed knowledge of Cicero's speeches and, in particular, his letters shines off every page. There is a refreshing lack of clutter in the text as Tempest lets her meticulous notes do the work and reveal the depth of academic research underlying this work. -- Classical Association News Tempest offers an up-to-date and highly accessible account of Cicero that is perfectly pitched for student readers at school and university. -- Ingo Gildenhard, University of Cambridge, UK This book is an excellent study of all aspects of Cicero's life and works. -- Jane Crawford, University of Virginia, USA
Dr Kathryn Tempest is senior lecturer in Latin literature and Roman history at the University of Roehampton, UK. Her research interests focus on ancient oratory especially Cicero and the Attic orators.
Prologue: A Master of Words and a Patriot 1. The Senate and the People of Rome 2. The Making of the Man 3. Climbing the Ladder of Offices 4. Cicero on the Attack 5. The New Man at Rome 6. Cicero's Bid for the Consulship 7. A Consulship and a Conspiracy 8. High Hopes and Shattered Dreams 9. Enemies, Exile and Return 10. Cicero and the Triumvirs 11. Clodius, Cicero and Milo 12. Away from Rome: Cilicia 13. Away from Rome Again: Civil War 14. Cicero and Caesar 15. The Tyranny of Antony 16. The Last Fight for Liberty Epilogue: The Head and the Hands of Cicero