In letters to his pricey pal Atticus, Cicero finds himself as to no different of his correspondents other than, probably, his brother. those letters, during this four-volume sequence, additionally supply a vibrant photo of a momentous interval in Roman history--years marked through the increase of Julius Caesar and the downfall of the Republic.

while the correspondence starts in November sixty eight BCE the 38-year-old Cicero is a remarkable determine in Rome: a super attorney and orator, who has completed primacy on the Roman bar and a political occupation that might culminate within the Consulship in sixty three. Over the following twenty-four years--to November forty four, a yr sooner than he was once positioned to loss of life by way of the forces of Octavian and Mark Antony--Cicero wrote often to his good friend and confidant, sharing information and discussing affairs of commercial and kingdom. it's to this corpus of over four hundred letters that we owe such a lot of our information regarding Cicero's literary task. and brought as an entire the letters supply a first-hand account of social and political existence in Rome.

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