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30 review for Cicero Ancient Classics for English Readers

  1. 5 out of 5

    Drew

    This was a cool, short book about Cicero's life and philosophy. Collins uses many direct quotes from Cicero's speeches so you get to see much of what Cicero actually said or wrote, with the obvious caveat of the translation from Latin to English. One advantage of the format of the book is that Collins provides the reader with the context of Cicero's speeches. This is nice because it would be pretty hard to understand his speeches from court without knowing some details of the case. I don't exactl This was a cool, short book about Cicero's life and philosophy. Collins uses many direct quotes from Cicero's speeches so you get to see much of what Cicero actually said or wrote, with the obvious caveat of the translation from Latin to English. One advantage of the format of the book is that Collins provides the reader with the context of Cicero's speeches. This is nice because it would be pretty hard to understand his speeches from court without knowing some details of the case. I don't exactly know what type of a book this is. I wouldn't call it a biography, but it's also not a complete collection of Cicero's works. It has elements of both, but certainly is not one or the other. The reader will finish the book with knowledge of some general philosophy, Cicero's life, and suggestions for specific works of his to read as followup if interested. I didn't find it to be fantastic, but it's definitely a relatively quick way to learn some things about Cicero's life and the times he lived in.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Matt Simmons

    An exceptional brief introduction to Cicero, his life and thought, that doesn't shy away from the warts and flaws. This isn't an hagiography, but an even-handed introduction. Collins writes in clear and lucid prose that still feels accessible and lively to us, these 150 or so years later. He does, however, run a bit too quickly past some of the political machinations of the late Republic (especially the Catiline conspiracy and the Caesar/Pompey rivalry), making some parts of the biography seem m An exceptional brief introduction to Cicero, his life and thought, that doesn't shy away from the warts and flaws. This isn't an hagiography, but an even-handed introduction. Collins writes in clear and lucid prose that still feels accessible and lively to us, these 150 or so years later. He does, however, run a bit too quickly past some of the political machinations of the late Republic (especially the Catiline conspiracy and the Caesar/Pompey rivalry), making some parts of the biography seem muddled. But even then, this is a great little introduction to Cicero, and I am quite glad to have found it.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    Picked this up second-hand, I wouldn't necessarily recommend it as a book to seek out but it was thought-provoking effective enough in summarising Cicero's thought; the author is also very judgmental about Cicero's egotism which is amusing. The book shows its age morally, of course.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Genni

    Enjoyable introduction to Cicero's life and works.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Scott Martin

    Admittedly, I didn't know a whole lot about Cicero, other than his connection in the politics of Rome during Julius Ceaser. So, in that sense, I learned a great deal about one of the most powerful men in Roman politics during one of the most turbulant times in Roman history. Also, I gained some insights into his powers of rhetoric and debate, with his works still being used by politicians and lawyers today. He was not a god, and in this version of his works, the author does make a deliberate eff Admittedly, I didn't know a whole lot about Cicero, other than his connection in the politics of Rome during Julius Ceaser. So, in that sense, I learned a great deal about one of the most powerful men in Roman politics during one of the most turbulant times in Roman history. Also, I gained some insights into his powers of rhetoric and debate, with his works still being used by politicians and lawyers today. He was not a god, and in this version of his works, the author does make a deliberate effort to point this out, but certainly a great resource to read about a major historical figure. (Kindle)

  6. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Harris

    I now love Cicero Anyone who has an interest in Cicero or his works should read this. Not only is it an account of all of his works, but it talks about his personal life. It also gives us an idea of the horrifying prescriptions of the Second Triumvirate. The only major issue I had with this book was that it could have gone through another round of editing.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Russell James

    Collins is an undeservedly forgotten Victorian writer and editor, and this is one of the Ancient Classics series that he edited. Lucidly written as always, this account shows Cicero the man - and if the man can disappoint (he is presented here warts and all) his treatises do not. A fine introduction to Cicero.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Steven Piet

    Wish I had studied Cicero before I've long admired Greek philosophy and Roman engineering. This book filled in such an important gap- a bit on Roman philosophy. Clearly written.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Darius

    Not much to write about this book. it is a mildly interesting account of Cicero -- of his life and his writing.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Frederick

    Very enjoyable and informative. I recommend it as a start for anyone wanting to learn more about Cicero.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Hildegart

    I was a little disappointed in that there wasn't more of Cicero's works in here. I had not been expecting the biographical tone the book took.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Byron

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    Carey Taylor-forbes

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    Michael Goodrich

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    James Doyle

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    Johnplaa

  24. 5 out of 5

    Cynthia Jones

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

  26. 4 out of 5

    Rob Fowler

  27. 5 out of 5

    Johnny Williams

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    Patricia

  29. 4 out of 5

    Shirley Schoeppel

  30. 4 out of 5

    Keven Baker

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