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Cicero Philippic II: A Selection
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Christopher Tanfield
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Cicero Philippic II: A Selection

Christopher Tanfield



Literary studies: classical, early & medieval;


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This is the endorsed publication from OCR and Bloomsbury for the Latin AS and A-Level (Group 1) prescription of Cicero's Philippic II sections 44-50 (... viri tui similis esses) and 78 (C. Caesari ex Hispania redeunti...)-92, and the A-Level (Group 2) prescription of sections 100-119, giving full Latin text, commentary and vocabulary, with a detailed introduction that also covers the prescribed text to be read in English for A Level.

It is 44 BC. Following Caesar's assassination, his supporters are looking for a new leader. Caesar's deputy, Antony, and the 18-year-old Octavian, the future Augustus, are vying with each other to fill the role; each seems more concerned with personal power than the good of Rome. Cicero returns to the city to try to save it with the one weapon at his disposal: his oratory.

In this speech, the longest of the Philippics (so-called after a series of speeches made against Philip of Macedon), Cicero starts by defending his own career and then - the part we read - demolishes Antony's. A masterpiece of invective, it ensures Antony's bitter hostility and Cicero's eventual elimination.

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Edited by:   Christopher Tanfield
Imprint:   Bloomsbury
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 138mm, 
Weight:   242g
ISBN:   9781350010239
ISBN 10:   1350010235
Pages:   192
Publication Date:   April 2018
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Secondary
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Preface Introduction Text Commentary Notes Vocabulary

Christopher Tanfield teaches Classics at South Hampstead High School, London, UK. He is the author of Virgil Aeneid X: A Selection (Bloomsbury, 2016).

The book could quite literally not be bettered; it is an outstandingly well-designed and well-thought-out work, useful to students and teachers alike-an object lesson in how to write a guide to a set text ... An exemplary work which supports without being condescending. * Classics for All Reviews *

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