Cicero: Speech on Behalf of Publius Sestius (Clarendon by Marcus Tullius Cicero

By Marcus Tullius Cicero

This quantity encompasses a new translation of, and observation on, Cicero's safeguard of Publius Sestius opposed to a cost of public violence. seasoned Sestio is arguably an important of Cicero's political speeches that live on from the approximately 20 years keeping apart the Speeches opposed to Catiline and the second one Philippic. Its account of modern background offers any scholar of Rome with a desirable approach into the interval; its depiction of public conferences, demonstrations, and violence are hugely pertinent to the present debate at the position of "the crowd in Rome within the overdue Republic"; the speech is additionally top-of-the-line introductions we need to conventional Republican values and ethics in motion.

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Traduction de Jacqueline Risset, revue et corrigée pour cette édition.

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To the extent that Sestius’ acquittal meant that the judges accepted Cicero’s argument, we can understand why, in reporting the verdict to his brother, Cicero Morstein-Marx 2004, 203–40; the premise’s distinction between ‘true’ and ‘false’ populares is further reXected in this speech by the distinction Cicero draws (106–7) between ‘true’ and ‘false’ assemblies of the people (contiones). This segment is of course not the only part of the speech in which Cicero relies on cliche´s for persuasion’s sake: see esp.

2), then perpetrating it was by deWnition a blow against the body politic, a political crime in the deepest and broadest sense of the phrase. 58 Because the charge against Sestius alleged acts of public violence detrimental to the commonwealth that he performed as tribune, Cicero must give an account of his tribunate; because Sestius’ ‘entire tribunate sought only to support’ Cicero’s welfare (a point he could not have put more emphatically: 14), he must give an account of how his own welfare came to be imperiled; and because Sestius could not be convicted of public violence for supporting Cicero’s welfare if his welfare could be shown to be indistinguishable from the commonwealth’s, the account of how Cicero’s welfare came to be imperilled must be indistinguishable from an account of how the commonwealth’s welfare was imperilled.

Says nothing of Lepidus, whose role as a witness is mentioned only in QFr. 2. 4(8). 1, where he is called ‘our friend’ (Paullus noster). 53 On the procedure, which perhaps grew out of Vatinius’ allegation of ‘collusive prosecution’ (n. 43 above), see esp. Alexander 2002, 209–12; for the speech see the still-important commentary by Pocock (1926). 54 For the rhetorical doctrine on the parts of a forensic speech see Lausberg 1998, §§263–442. The term ‘forensic’ (

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