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Cicero: Speech on Behalf of Publius Sestius (Clarendon by Marcus Tullius Cicero

By Marcus Tullius Cicero

This quantity includes a new translation of, and observation on, Cicero's safety of Publius Sestius opposed to a cost of public violence. seasoned Sestio is arguably an important of Cicero's political speeches that continue to exist from the approximately 20 years keeping apart the Speeches opposed to Catiline and the second one Philippic. Its account of contemporary historical past presents any scholar of Rome with a desirable approach into the interval; its depiction of public conferences, demonstrations, and violence are hugely pertinent to the present debate at the position of "the crowd in Rome within the past due Republic"; the speech can be one of the best introductions we need to conventional Republican values and ethics in motion.

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On his activities after this trial, see nn. 38, 78. 33 See esp. D’Arms 1981, 55–61, with Manacorda 1978 and Will 1979; Richardson 2001 oVers nothing new. On the likelihood that the family’s shipping interests were tied to wine production, D’Arms 1981, 58. ; on the daughter and son born from the Wrst marriage, 6 this boy here n. 35 On the military tribunate see the Glossary and 7 military tribune n. 16 Introduction have done, winning a place as a quaestor for 63 in the elections held in 64 (8–12).

31 On the terms ‘brigands’ and ‘desperadoes’ see the Glossary; on the physical metaphors that Cicero uses to depict the commonwealth as an embodied entity, the better to identify it with himself, see esp. 17 branded n. 32 Thus we know that his father, Lucius Sestius, had himself been tribune of the plebs ‘at a very favourable time for our community’ (6), which is to say, the 90s, the decade in which Sestius must have been born, sometime before 93. When Cicero adds that after his tribunate the elder Sestius ‘was less keen to enjoy further oYce than to be seen worthy of it’ (6), he means that the man either was rejected by the voters or chose to withdraw from public service.

12. 29 When, a few weeks before Sestius’ trial, a speaker on the senate Xoor described Pompey’s behaviour in 58 as ‘perWdy’ (QFr. 2. 3(7). 3), he was saying no more than the truth. But to none of this does the ‘standard version’ refer in any way. To the extent that Cicero acknowledges it at all in this speech, it is only by implication, suggesting that Pompey had been made cautious in his dealings with Cicero by a false tale that Cicero plotted against his life (41); instead of a reference to Pompey’s break with Clodius, there is the vague and euphemistic description (67) of Pompey’s ‘reawaken(ing) his habit of constructive engagement in the people’s business after that habit had been .

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