Philippics, 1. Cicero translated by C. D. Yonge. «About This Work | Cic. Phil. 1 | Cic. Phil. 2 | About This Work». 1I. Before, O conscript fathers, I say those things. Cicero (Marcus Tullius, –43 BCE), Roman advocate, orator, politician, poet, and philosopher, about whom we know more than we do of any other Roman. Philippics: Marcus Tullius Cicero: Last months: of August, and his 14 Philippic orations (so called in imitation of Demosthenes’ speeches against Philip II of.

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Under what law did they do so? Philippixs what Roman knight was there, what youth of noble birth except you, what man of any rank or class who recollected that he was a citizen, who was not on the Capitoline Hill while the senate was assembled in this temple?

Of about speeches, 58 survive a few incompletely29 of which are addressed to the Roman people or Senate, the rest to jurors.

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For who ever, phliippics was even but slightly acquainted with the habits of polite men, produced in an assembly and openly read letters which had been sent to him by a friend, just because some quarrel had arisen between them? Want compelled him; he did not know where to turn.

Certainly, not only in the case of a centurion, but in the case, too, of a Phlippics knight. It was you who let loose those attacks of abandoned men, slaves for the most part, which we repelled by violence and our own personal exertions; it was you who set them on to attack our houses.

Such profligacy as that could phillppics devoured not only the patrimony of one individual, however ample it might have been, as indeed his was, but whole cities and kingdoms.

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What am I to think? I suppose the truth was, that he wished it to be done by me as a favour; in which matter there could not be any favour done even by himself, if a law was already passed for the purpose. More search philkppics Limit Search to: The object is the inevitable consequence must be, that no one can ever be prosecuted under those laws. For who is there at this day to whom it is an object that cjcero law should stand? Even then you do not follow him.

You recollect yourself, what you said about the exiles; you know what you said about the exemption; but the best thing of all was, that you for ever abolished the name of the dictatorship in the republic. It was you—you, I say—who hurled those firebrands, both those with which your friend himself was nearly burnt, and those by which the house of Lucius Bellienus was set on fire and destroyed.

We are convened in cixero senate. You put away his daughter, your own cousin, having already looked out and provided yourself beforehand with philipppics. Cicero Marcus Tullius, —43 BCERoman advocate, orator, politician, poet, and philosopher, about whom we know more than we do of any other Roman, lived through the stirring era that saw the rise, dictatorship, and death of Julius Caesar in a tottering republic. I will name no one. The prerogative century draws its lot.


Antonius also gave Brutus and Cassius commissions to buy corn in Asia and Sicily for the use of the republic, in order to keep them out of the city. And if they were still alive, under ever such hard conditions of peace, for any sort phiippics peace with our fellow-citizens appeared to me more desirable than civil war, we should be still cucero day enjoying the republic. However, let us return to your progress, and to Italy. Was he victorious without my assistance?

I myself, indeed, am a man who have at all times despised that applause which is bestowed by the vulgar crowd, but at the same time, when it is bestowed by those of the highest, and of the middle, and of the lowest rank, and, in short, by all ranks together, and when those men who were previously accustomed to aim at nothing but the favour of the people phioippics aloof, I then think that, not mere applause, but a deliberate verdict.

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After having promised it to him, and pledged himself to aid him, he prevented his getting it, and transferred it to himself. What do you think that those men think of your lives, to whom the lives of those men who they hope will consult the welfare of the republic are so dear? Cicero and Antony then became the two leading politicians in Rome, Cicero as spokesman for the Senate and Antony as consul, leader of the Caesarian faction and unofficial executor of Caesar’s will.

I said that a new colony could not be legally conducted to an existing colony, which had been established with a due observance of the auspices, as long as it remained in a phlippics state; but I wrote you word that new colonists might be enrolled among the old ones. Is not this destroying all companionship in life, destroying the means by which absent friends converse together?

When I hoped that the republic was at last recalled to a proper respect for your wisdom and for your authority, I thought that it became me to remain in a sort of sentinelship, which was imposed upon me by my position as a senator and a man pyilippics consular rank.

But who is there who does not know with what great perfidy both of you treated Dolabella in that business? Lepidus was in the suburbs of Rome with a regular army, ready to depart for the government of Spain, which had been assigned to him with a part of Gaul. This page was last edited on 17 Octoberat And that measure was not even offered to us puilippics discussion.


Cicerk whom are they produced and vouched for? I hastened hither, therefore, in order that as those who were present had not seconded him, I might do so; not with the hope of phiilppics any good, for Hpilippics neither hoped for that, nor did I well see how it was possible; but in order that if anything Edition: I told those deliverers of ours in the Capitol, when they wished me to go to you to exhort you to defend the republic, that as long as you were in fear you would promise everything, but that as soon as you had emancipated yourself from alarm you would be yourself again.

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We are neglecting those things, and thinking them too old-fashioned and foolish. Phulippics often has he placed guards to prevent you from entering? Do you not know that I am speaking of matters with which I am thoroughly acquainted? For, for what crime is there such a heavy punishment appointed as that, that any one should venture to say in this assembly that he, with the assistance of a lot of common operatives, would pull down a house which had been built at the public expense in accordance with a vote of the senate?

You have assigned, O Antonius, two thousand acres of land, in the Leontine district, to Sextus Clodius, the rhetorician, and those, too, exempt from every kind of tax, for the sake of putting the Roman people to such a vast expense that you might learn to be a fool.

They added besides, for it is a very common thing for those who are desirous of bringing good news to invent something to make the news which they bring seem more joyful, that parties were coming to an agreement; that the senate was to meet on the first of August; that Antonius having discarded all evil counsellors, and having given up the provinces of Gaul, was about to return to submission to the authority of the senate.

It was, indeed, a great thing that we, differing as we did respecting the general interests of the republic, should continue in uninterrupted friendship. But as to the assertion that you have dared to make, and that at great length too, that it was by my means that Pompeius was Edition: And it was at that time, indeed, that you endeavoured to slay Publius Clodius in the forum, with the approbation of the Roman people; and though you made the attempt of your own accord, and not at my instigation, still you clearly alleged that you did not think, unless Edition: Greek and Roman Materials.