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The greatest orator in Roman history; Marcus Tullius Cicero remained one of the republic's chief supporters throughout his life; guided by profound political beliefs that illuminated his correspondence with both close friends and powerful aristocrats. A chronicle of a crumbling civilization during the era when the republic disintegrated and was replaced by despotism; his Letters portray a world dominated by characters who have since acquired almost mythic status - including Pompey; Caesar; Brutus; Cassius; and Mark Antony. Whether describing the vagaries of war; the collapse of Roman society; his beloved republic; or his own personal domestic dramas; all compellingly reflect the complex personality of an honourable and selfless man whose refusal to compromise ultimately cost him his life.\ Author Biography: Translated with an introduction by D. R. Shackleton Bailey
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