Amid the corruption and power struggles of the collapse of the Roman
Republic, Cicero (106-43BC) produced some of the most stirring and eloquent
speeches in history. A statesman and lawyer, he was one of the only
outsiders to penetrate the aristocratic circles that controlled the Roman
state, and became renowned for his speaking to the Assembly, Senate and
courtrooms. Whether fighting corruption, quashing the Catiline conspiracy,
defending the poet Archias or railing against Mark Antony in the Philippics
- the magnificent arguments in defence of liberty which led to his
banishment and death - Cicero's speeches are oratory masterpieces, vividly
evocative of the cut and thrust of Roman political life.

Cicero—Selected Political Speeches

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