A friend had given me Cicero Selected Political Speeches[Penguin Classics] a few years ago.For one reason or the other,I never got around to reading it until recently.By this time ,however, the book was in tatters and was split down the middle so I decided to give it to my friend ,Brian, who is a bookbinder.He returned it to me a week later ,completely restored and with a hardcover to boot.I decided to read the last chapter first .This chapter was captioned''The First Philippic Against Marcus Antonius.It was first of a series of 14 attacks on Mark Antony which were referred to rather half-jokingly by Cicero as Philippics.They were supposed to be an imitation of the speeches which the Athenian orator Demosthenes had delivered against Philip II of Macedonia[351-341 BC]
One can deduce from the timbre of Cicero's speech the intense rivalry that existed between Mark Antony and himself.It is not surprising that he ''was prepared to express my thoughts whatever the risk.''He chastises Mark Antony for threatening to demolish his house because he was absent from a mundane senate sitting.
Cicero[106-43 BC], was Consul and senator of Rome.The Penguin Classics describes that Quintillian saw in Cicero''the forcefulness of Demosthenes,the abundance of Plato,and the attractiveness of Isocrates''.The book is a throwback to the ''quasi-legendary tradition'' to which Romans are known to cling.Arguably ,it chronicles one of the greatest and most exciting periods of history,and in this modern dispensation there have been three people who have approximated the eruditeness of Cicero:President Barack Obama,Tony Blair[former British PM] and JF Kennedy.
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