The Life of Cicero, Vol. I


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Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43BC) was an orator, statesman, philosopher and prolific correspondent, who rose as a ‘new man’ in Rome in the turbulent last years of its republican government. Anthony Trollope, best known as a novelist, admired Cicero greatly and wrote this biography late in life in order to argue his virtues against authors who had granted him literary greatness but questioned his strength as a politician and as a man. He takes a personal approach, affording us an insight into his own mind and times as well as those of his subject.

Volume I covers the period (up to the year 57BC) of Cicero’s education, his rise through the courts and offices of state to the Consulship, and his exile.

Please note that footnotes - predominantly bibliographical citations and Latin quotations - are omitted unless explicitly referred to in the main text; the appendices, which consist mainly of more substantial extracts from other works, are likewise omitted. (Summary by Philippa)

Volume II can be found here. (10 hr 57 min)

Chapters

Ch1, Introduction, pt1 37:20 Read by Philippa
Ch1, Introduction, pt2 29:39 Read by Philippa
Ch2, His Education 45:26 Read by Philippa
Ch3, The Condition of Rome 35:08 Read by Philippa
Ch4, His Early Pleadings, pt1 28:30 Read by Philippa
Ch4, His Early Pleadings, pt2 24:21 Read by Philippa
Ch5, Cicero as Quaestor 35:50 Read by Philippa
Ch6, Verres, pt1 35:19 Read by Philippa
Ch6, Verres, pt2 44:20 Read by Philippa
Ch7, Cicero as Aedile and Praetor 42:47 Read by Philippa
Ch8, Cicero as Consul 41:42 Read by Philippa
Ch9, Catiline, pt1 27:22 Read by Philippa
Ch9, Catiline, pt2 43:12 Read by Philippa
Ch10, Cicero After His Consulship 45:41 Read by Philippa
Ch11, The Triumvirate, pt1 37:30 Read by Philippa
Ch11, The Triumvirate, pt2 29:09 Read by Philippa
Ch12, His Exile, pt1 32:03 Read by Philippa
Ch12, His Exile, pt2 42:15 Read by Philippa

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Philippa made what could have been a very long read into something that kept me interested and listening through volumes 1 and 2.

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