The Life of Cicero, Vol. I

Anthony TROLLOPE (1815 - 1882)

Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43BC) was an orator, statesman, philosopher and prolific correspondent, who rose as a ‘new man’ in Rome in the turbulent last years of its republican government. Anthony Trollope, best known as a novelist, admired Cicero greatly and wrote this biography late in life in order to argue his virtues against authors who had granted him literary greatness but questioned his strength as a politician and as a man. He takes a personal approach, affording us an insight into his own mind and times as well as those of his subject.

Volume I covers the period (up to the year 57BC) of Cicero’s education, his rise through the courts and offices of state to the Consulship, and his exile.

Please note that footnotes - predominantly bibliographical citations and Latin quotations - are omitted unless explicitly referred to in the main text; the appendices, which consist mainly of more substantial extracts from other works, are likewise omitted. (Summary by Philippa)

Volume II can be found here.

Genre(s): Biography & Autobiography

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Ch1, Introduction, pt1 Philippa
00:37:20
Play 02 Ch1, Introduction, pt2 Philippa
00:29:39
Play 03 Ch2, His Education Philippa
00:45:26
Play 04 Ch3, The Condition of Rome Philippa
00:35:08
Play 05 Ch4, His Early Pleadings, pt1 Philippa
00:28:30
Play 06 Ch4, His Early Pleadings, pt2 Philippa
00:24:21
Play 07 Ch5, Cicero as Quaestor Philippa
00:35:50
Play 08 Ch6, Verres, pt1 Philippa
00:35:19
Play 09 Ch6, Verres, pt2 Philippa
00:44:20
Play 10 Ch7, Cicero as Aedile and Praetor Philippa
00:42:47
Play 11 Ch8, Cicero as Consul Philippa
00:41:42
Play 12 Ch9, Catiline, pt1 Philippa
00:27:22
Play 13 Ch9, Catiline, pt2 Philippa
00:43:12
Play 14 Ch10, Cicero After His Consulship Philippa
00:45:41
Play 15 Ch11, The Triumvirate, pt1 Philippa
00:37:30
Play 16 Ch11, The Triumvirate, pt2 Philippa
00:29:09
Play 17 Ch12, His Exile, pt1 Philippa
00:32:03
Play 18 Ch12, His Exile, pt2 Philippa
00:42:15