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1. De Officiis (Moral Duties)

 

2. De Finibus Bonorum et Malorum III (Boundaries of Good and Evil)

 

3. Epistulae Ad Atticum (Letters to Atticus)

 

4. In Catilinam (Against Cataline)

 

5. Philippics

 

De Officiis (Moral Duties)

In this series, Prof. Noe looks at De Officiis (Moral Duties), an essay by Marcus Tullius Cicero. Cicero was a politician, lawyer, and an incredibly accomplished orator and author who was active in the 1st century B.C.

“De Officiis” was written as a letter to his son, and discusses how to live justly and honourably.

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Cicero, De Officiis in ms. Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Vaticanus Palatinus lat. 1534

De Finibus Bonorum et Malorum III (Boundaries of Good and Evil)

In this series, Prof. Noe looks at De Finibus (Boundaries of Good and Evil), an essay by Marcus Tullius Cicero. Cicero was a politician, lawyer, and an incredibly accomplished orator and author who was active in the 1st century B.C.

“De Finibus” is an extended discussion on the schools of Helenistic philosophy – Academism, Stoicism, and Epicureanism as they relate to Roman history and culture.

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Cicero; De finibus bonorum et malorum. Folio from manuscript.

Epistulae Ad Atticum (Letters to Atticus)

In this series, Prof. Noe looks at Epistulae Ad Atticum (Letters to Atticus). These letters show a very different side of the public figure. Here Cicero is talking about private matters in a breezy, highly idiomatic Latin.

Although these are presented as off-the-cuff correspondence, and sometimes are, many of the letters show a high degree of polish and reworking, because Cicero is writing with posterity in mind. The letters were gathered and published by his secretary Tiro after Cicero’s death December 7, 43.

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Cicero; Epistularum ad Atticum Libri XVI – 1600.

In Catilinam (Against Catiline)

In this series, Prof. Noe looks at In Catilinam (Against Catiline), Cicero was a politician, lawyer, and an incredibly accomplished orator and author who was active in the 1st century B.C.

 

This is one of Cicero’s most famous speeches, and one of the most popular selections of Latin prose. Delivered in 63 BC, Cicero offers stout resistance to the conspiracy of the disgraced noble Catiline. Here we see the famous orator using all the elements of his considerable talent to humiliate, excoriate, and ostracize a bitter opponent.
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Cicero; IN CATILINAM – 1934. 7th ed.

In M. Antonium  

This series studies Cicero’s “In Marcum Antonium,” a set of 14 speeches against Marc Antony. Cicero was a 1st century B.C. politician, lawyer, and an incredibly accomplished orator and author.

Cicero gave these speeches in the Senate to turn opinion against Antony, who was scheming to fill the power vacuum in the wake of Julius Caesar’s assassination. They are also called “Philippics”, since they were immediately compared to Demosthenes’ speeches against Philip II, father of Alexander the Great.

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Cicero; IN M. ANTONIUM ORATIONES,  I. Et II. Ex Editione (Latin) Hardcover 

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