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23rd March, 2008. 11:49 pm. Cicero Letters arranged by topics



<Ciceronian sources>

Collection of Cicero letters - from Harvard Classics (some are included below)

Political themes

Novus Homo (65-50 BC) - "The state of things in regard to my candidature..."

Cicero vs. Clodius <1> (61 BC) - Bona Dea scandal and trial

Cicero vs. Clodius <2> (60-59 BC) - first triumvirate is formed

Cicero vs. Clodius <3> (59 BC) - Cicero under heat

Cicero vs. Clodius <4> (59-56 BC) - Cicero's exile and return:

Cicero vs. Clodius <5>: Clodia (56 BC) - excerpts from Pro Caelio: "Medea of the Palatine"

Cicero vs. Clodius <6>: Coda (52 BC) - Clodius' death (Pro Milone): Battle of Bovillae

Cicero's Palinode (56-54 BC) - First Triumvirate: "Good-bye to principle, sincerity, and honour!"

Cicero to Lentulus Spinther (54 BC) - How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the First Triumvirate

Caelius to/from Cicero <1> (51 BC) - Caelius' gossips: I need panthers!

Caelius to/from Cicero <2> (51-50 BC) - Cicero in Cilicia: Get me outta here! (includes Cato letter)

Caesar vs. Pompey <1> (50-49 BC) - "I know from whom to fly, but not whom to follow." (includes Pompey and Caesar letters)

Caesar vs. Pompey <2> (March - May 49 BC) - "Time has come when I can no longer act either boldly or wisely." (includes Caesar letters)

Caesar vs. Pompey <3> (48-47 BC) - Cicero in Pompey's camp and Brundisium

Letter to Aulus C?ina (In Exile) (September, 46 BC) - How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Caesar the Dictator

Life under Caesar <1> (46 BC) - Letters to Friends: "The Ruins of Republic"

Life under Caesar <2> (46 BC) - Letters to Paetus: Always Look on the Bright Side of Life

Life under Caesar <3> (45 BC) - Letters to Atticus: "But what about Brutus?"

Ides of March <1> (March-April 44 BC) - "The tyranny lives on though the tyrant is dead."

Ides of March <2> (May-June 44 BC) - "courage of men, planning of children"

Ides of March <3> (June - Aug 44 BC) - "All right then, forsake your country!"

Cicero vs. Antony <1> (2 September 44 BC) - Excerpts from 1st Philippic: "If I say insulting remark against his private life, I shall not object to him treating me as a bitterest enemy"

Cicero vs Antony <2> (September - November 44 BC) - "Consider his name, consider his age!"

Cicero vs. Antony <3> (Dec. 44 BC - March 43 BC) - "I beg you to throw yourself into the cause of the Republic."

Cicero vs. Antony <4> (April - May 43 BC) - "If we want to be merciful, we shall never be without a civil war."

Cicero vs. Antony <5> (May - July 43 BC) - "The young man must be praised, honored, and lifted up."

Personal themes

Cicero to Terentia <1> (58 BC) - exile letters to wife: "I only wish to die in your arms"

Cicero to Terentia <2> (50-47 BC) - later letters to wife: "If there is no basin in the bath, have one put in."

Cicero to Quintus (June 15, 58 BC) - exile letter to his brother: "Brother, brother, brother!"

Cicero to Atticus (Jan. 20, 60BC) - on friendship: "You who share in all my conversations and projects--where are you?"

Pomponia's marriage (68-44 BC) - an example of very unhappy arranged marriage: "There, that's what I have to put up with every day!"

Tiro's illness <1> (53BC) - Two-for-one: Get healthy, get free.

Tiro's illness <2> (50BC) - "Good-bye, dear Tiro, good-bye good-bye, and good health to you!"

Tiro's illness <3> (45BC) - "Take great care of yourself, if you love me"

Cicero to Tiro (51BC) - Cicero informs Tiro about approaching civil war

Cicero Family to Tiro - letters by Cicero's brother and son

Cicero to Atticus (45 BC) - Cicero's grief over daughter Tullia's death

Cicero to Lucceius (45 BC) - reply to consolation letter

Sulpicius to Cicero (45 BC) - very famous consolation letter (as featured in Byron's Childe Harold)

Cicero to Sulpicius (45 BC) - Cicero's reply to above

Lucceius to Cicero (45 BC) - Lucceius' 2nd consolation letter

Miscellaneous

Cultural letters (66-51 BC) - "A letter does not blush."

Antony to/from Cicero (49, 44 BC) - art of being courteous while threatening


Note: Most of these are excerpts from Cicero's letters. You can read the letters in their entirety at Perseus website. You can look for a specific letter directly via searching by its number (given in parenthesis) in the 'Go to' box at the top.

For instance, if you are looking for a letter with a heading like:

CDVI (F VIII, 17)
M. CAELIUS RUFUS TO CICERO (IN EPIRUS)

type in F 8.17 in the Go to box and then press return.

You can jump to any letter by using letter number for the following collections:
Atticus letters: A #.#
Brutus letters: BRUT. #.#
Quintus letters: Q FR #.#
Other lettrers: F #.#

This post has been edited by theilian: Apr 18 2007, 07:46 PM

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9th April, 2007. 8:53 am. Cicero vs. Antony <6a>

DCCCLXXIII (F XI, 20)
DECIMUS BRUTUS TO CICERO (AT ROME)

EPOREDIA, 24 MAY 43 BC

WHAT I don't do for myself my love for you and your kindnesses to me force me to do--to fear. For though I have often heard the story before, and never thought lightly of it, quite recently Segulius Labeo--and it was exactly like him-tells me that he has been in Caesar's company, and that there was a great deal of talk about you. Read More.Collapse )

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5th April, 2007. 12:53 am. Cicero vs. Antony <4> (April - May 43 BC)

DCCCXXXIII (BRUT. II, 1)
TO MARCUS IUNIUS BRUTUS (IN MACEDONIA)

ROME, c. APRIL 1, 43 BC

AT the time of my writing, the decisive hour is thought to be upon us. Gloomy letters and messengers are coming in about our friend Decimus Brutus. They do not disturb me overmuch, for I cannot possibly lack confidence in our armies and generals, Read More.Collapse )

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3rd April, 2007. 1:41 am. Cicero vs. Antony <3> (Dec. 44 BC - March 43 BC)

DCCCX (F XII, 22)
TO QUINTUS CORNIFICIUS (IN AFRICA)

ROME, after 19 SEPTEMBER 44 BC

HERE I have a fight on my hands with a most rascally gladiator fellow, our colleague [2] Antony. But it is no fair match - words against arms. Read More.Collapse )

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1st April, 2007. 11:33 pm. Cicero vs. Antony <2> (Sept - Nov 44 BC)

DCCLXXXVII (F XII, 2)
TO C. CASSIUS LONGINUS (NEAR PUTEOLI)

ROME, c. 25 SEPTEMBER 44 BC

I am much delighted that my vote and speech [1] have your approval. If one might speak like that more often, there would be no trouble about recovering freedom and the constitution. Read More.Collapse )

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28th March, 2007. 12:08 am. Cicero vs. Antony <1>: 1st Philippic

... Marcus Antonius made a fine speech on that day [1] , and his intentions were excellent... He offered admirable recommendations to the Senate. At that stage nothing was disinterred from Caius Caesar's notebooks except what was already well known to everybody, and he gave answers to every question that was asked of him with the greatest consistency. Read More.Collapse )

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27th March, 2007. 2:36 am. Ides of March <3> (June - Aug. 44 BC)

DCCXLV (A XV, 15)
TO ATTICUS (AT ROME)

ASTURA, 13 JUNE 44 BC

... I dislike Her Majesty. [1] Ammonius, who guaranteed her promises, knows that I have the right to do so. These were of a literary kind, not unbecoming to my position - I should not mind telling them to a public meeting. [2] As for Sara, over and above his general rascality, I found him personally insolent as well. Read More.Collapse )

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26th March, 2007. 2:35 am. Ides of March <2> (May-June 44 BC)

DCCXXIV (A XIV, 20)
TO ATTICUS (AT ROME)

PUTEOLI, 11 MAY 44 BC

... You think I am wrong in my view that the free constitution depends on Brutus. Well, the truth is that it will either all go or be saved by him and his friends. You urge me to write a speech to the people and send it to him. My dear fellow, let me give you a general rule on matters in which I have a fair amount of experience. There was never a poet or orator yet who thought anyone better than himself. Read More.Collapse )

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24th March, 2007. 1:02 am. Ides of March <1> (March-April 44 BC)

TO L. MINUCIUS BASILUS

ROME (15 MARCH, 44 BC?)

I congratulate you[1] ! I am delighted on my own account. Be sure of my affection and active concern for your interests. I hope I have your affection, and want to hear what you are doing and what is going on. Read More.Collapse )

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20th March, 2007. 9:56 am. Cicero to Atticus, 45 BC

DLXXXIX (A XII, 44)
TO ATTICUS (AT ROME)

ASTURA, 13 MAY 45 BC

IT IS nice that Hirtius has written to you sympathetically about me [1] (it was kind of him), and much nicer that you did not send me his letter - that was even kinder of you. The reason I want the pamphlet he sent me about Cato disseminted by your staff is to let these people's abuse win him greater eulogy... Read More.Collapse )

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