Cicero, Against Verres, 2.1.53–86. Latin Text with Introduction, Study Questions, Commentary and English Translation

Cicero, Against Verres, 2.1.53–86. Latin Text with Introduction, Study Questions, Commentary and English Translation Author: Ingo Gildenhard
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Everything about this book makes it immediately and brilliantly valuable and exciting for the student of Latin and Cicero, and teachers of A Level Latin have much reason to thank Professor Gildenhard.
— Stephen Jenkin, The Classics Library

Looting, despoiling temples, attempted rape and judicial murder: these are just some of the themes of this classic piece of writing by one of the world’s greatest orators. This particular passage is from the second book of Cicero’s Speeches against Verres, who was a former Roman magistrate on trial for serious misconduct. Cicero presents the lurid details of Verres’ alleged crimes in exquisite and sophisticated prose.

This volume provides a portion of the original text of Cicero’s speech in Latin, a detailed commentary, study aids, and a translation. As a literary artefact, the speech gives us insight into how the supreme master of Latin eloquence developed what we would now call rhetorical "spin”. As an historical document, it provides a window into the dark underbelly of Rome’s imperial expansion and exploitation of the Near East.

Ingo Gildenhard’s illuminating commentary on this A-Level set text will be of particular interest to students of Latin at both high school and undergraduate level. It will also be a valuable resource to Latin teachers and to anyone interested in Cicero, language and rhetoric, and the legal culture of Ancient Rome.

This book has been featured on a number of websites and blogs including The Stoa Consortium, the Association for Latin Teaching (ARLT), Joint Association of Classical Teachers (JACT) and The Classics Library.

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Title: Cicero, Against Verres, 2.1.53–86. Latin Text with Introduction, Study Questions, Commentary and English Translation
Author: Marcus Tullius Cicero
Editor and Translator: Gildenhard, Ingo
Publication date: November 2011
Number of pages: xiv + 191
Dimensions: 6.14” x 9.21” | 234mm x 156mm
BIC Subject Codes: HBLA1 (Classical civilization), CFP (translation), 4KL (A-Levels aid)
Maps: 1 black and white
ISBN Hardback: 978-1-906924-54-6
ISBN Paperback: 978-1-906924-53-9
ISBN Digital (PDF): 978-1-906924-55-3
ISBN ebook (epub): 978-1-906924-63-8
ISBN ebook (mobi): 978-1-906924-64-5
DOI: 10.11647/OBP.0016

Copyright Information:
© 2011 Ingo Gildenhard
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Acknowledgements

Preface

Introduction

Latin text and study questions

Commentary

List of abbreviations

List of rhetorical terms

Translation

Appendix: issues for further discussion

Map
Ingo Gildenhard is Lecturer in the Faculty of Classics, Cambridge University, and a Fellow of King’s College Cambridge. His previous publications include the monographs Paideia Romana: Cicero’s Tusculan Disputations (Cambridge, 2007) and Creative Eloquence: The Construction of Reality in Cicero’s Speeches (Oxford, 2011). He has also published another textbook with Open Book Publishers, Virgil, Aeneid, 4.1-299.
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The Latin Library
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This is W. Peterson’s 1917 Oxford Classical Text version, hyperlinked to Lewis & Short Latin Dictionary.

Note from the author:
I welcome feedback on this edition, critical and otherwise, as well as suggestions of what further supplementary material or digital resources could be made available on this website. Please leave your comments in the comment tab on this site, or email me directly at ig297@cam.ac.uk.

Everything about this book makes it immediately and brilliantly valuable and exciting for the student of Latin and Cicero, and teachers of A Level Latin have much reason to thank Professor Gildenhard. ... Every student will certainly find this particular translation very useful indeed for a good understanding of the text. In fact Gildenhard’s clarity, detail without distraction, and reassuringly confident and comfortable style are ideal. All aspects of the work are very approachable, and will work well for an independent student or as a class textbook ... Much more of all of this, I say.
— Stephen Jenkin, The Classics Library
You can read the full review here.

— Benjamín García-Hernández, Bryn Mawr Classical Review, 28 May 2012