Cicero, Against Verres, 2.1.53–86: Latin Text with Introduction, Study Questions, Commentary and English Translation - cover image

Book Series


Ingo Gildenhard

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  • English

Print Length

212 pages (xiv + 197)


Paperback156 x 11 x 234 mm(6.14" x 0.44" x 9.21")
Hardback156 x 13 x 234 mm(6.14" x 0.5" x 9.21")


Paperback667g (23.53oz)
Hardback1044g (36.83oz)



OCLC Number





  • HBLA1
  • CFP
  • 4KL


  • HIS002020
  • LIT004190
  • FOR033000


  • PA6279.A4


  • Latin
  • A-Level Latin
  • Ancient Rome
  • rhetoric
  • Ancient History
  • legal history
  • Latin textbook
  • language
  • Latin commentary
  • translation
  • Cicero
  • interactive textbook
  • Roman law

Cicero, Against Verres, 2.1.53–86

Latin Text with Introduction, Study Questions, Commentary and English Translation

  • Ingo Gildenhard (author)
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 As an historical document, it provides a window into the dark underbelly of Rome’s imperial expansion and exploitation of the Near East.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.


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

"A Review: Cicero, Against Verres, 2.1.53–86". The Classics Library, 2012.

Full Review

Additional Resources

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 email me at

[map]Google Map of significant places(Ingo Gildenhard)

The author has created this map of the significant places mentioned in the book.

[source]Google Earth file of significant places(Ingo Gildenhard)

The original Google Earth file used to generate the map.

[website]The Latin Library

Additional Open Access edition of the Latin Text of Cicero, in Verrem 2.1. This is a plain text version, without an indication of the edition used.

[website]Perseus Project

Additional Open Access edition of the Latin Text of Cicero, in Verrem 2.1.This is W. Peterson’s 1917 Oxford Classical Text version, hyperlinked to Lewis & Short Latin Dictionary.


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Ingo Gildenhard

Reader in Classics and the Classical Tradition at University of Cambridge