Cicero as Evidence: A Historian's Companion by Andrew Lintott

By Andrew Lintott

Cicero, one of many maximum orators of all time and a tremendous baby-kisser on the time of the downfall of the Roman Republic, has left in his writings a first-hand view of the age of Caesar and Pompey. besides the fact that, readers have to how to interpret those writings and, as with every flesh presser or orator, to not think too simply what he says. This booklet is a advisor to interpreting Cicero and a significant other to someone who's ready to take the lengthy yet worthwhile trip via his works. it isn't in itself a biography, yet may also help readers to build their very own biographies of Cicero or histories of his age.

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This farm had been in fact bought by Caecina’s opponent Aebutius with money from the widow Caesennia to whom Caecina was the chief heir. Aebutius seems also at the time of the expulsion to have been in possession of the farm. Hence, although Aebutius probably owed money to the widow’s estate, he had a strong claim to the farm itself. 14 In the second speech against Rullus’ agrarian law, made to the people in January 63, Cicero argued against the foundation of a colony at Capua. 15 But this was not enough for the orator.

9 is that it was written to justify Cicero to Spinther, and probably to other former allies among the boni, on account of behaviour that they may have regarded as cowardice and desertion. 69 Vat. 5, 10, 11, 13, 15, 19, 20, 22, 27, 33, 34, 40, 41. 70 Ibid. 14, 17, 18, 21, 28, cf. 41 extremum illud est quod mihi abs te responderi velim. 71 Ibid. 30, 37. The Texts of the Speeches 29 were those customarily used in such interrogation. It is uncertain how far a Roman orator would normally use questions designed not to elicit information about the case but to blacken the character of the witness and so destroy his testimony.

That ampliatio was provided for later in Sulla’s lex Cornelia de veneWcis is clear from Caec. 29, Clu. 55. 47 Asc. 79 C. 48 Cf. Sumner, 1964 and see below, Ch. IX with n. 26. 49 Asc. 60 C. 50 Humbert 1925, 46. 24 Reading Cicero Hortensius, and Metellus Pius and that of Lucullus and Lepidus, it is strange the subsequent lemmata refer only to the evidence of Catulus. 51 Earlier in the speech (21) Cicero represents Gallic witnesses as contradicting his own previous responses (only recorded by titles in the text) to the prosecution’s charges regarding the tax on wine, the war with the Vocontii, and the allocation of winter-quarters.

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