Cicero and His Friends: A Study of Roman Society in the Time of Caesar

Cicero and His Friends: A Study of Roman Society in the Time of Caesar

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Cicero and His Friends: A Study of Roman Society in the Time of Caesar

Cicero and His Friends: A Study of Roman Society in the Time of Caesar

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No history is more readily studied now-a-days than that of the last years of the Roman Republic. Learned works have recently been published upon this subject in France, England, and Germany, and the public has read them with avidity. The importance of the subjects which were then debated, the dramatic character of the events, and the grandeur of the characters warrant this interest; but the attraction we feel for this singular epoch is better explained by the fact that it is narrated for us in Cicero's letters.

A contemporary said that he who read these letters would not be tempted to seek the history of that time elsewhere, and in fact we find it much more living and true in them than in regular works composed expressly to teach it to us. What more would Asinius Pollio, Livy, or . . .

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