The Life of Cicero, Vol. II

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.

This second volume of two covers his last years, BC 57-43 and the personal and political upheavals that surrounded them: the civil war between Caesar and Pompey, the death of his daughter Tullia, Caesar's dictatorship and assassination, Cicero's antagonism against Antony in the Philippics and his final struggle for the republic. Having used Cicero's letters and speeches to guide his biography, Trollope treats his other works (what he terms 'moral essays', and works on philosophy and rhetoric), and his religious beliefs, in separate chapters at the end of this volume, to which is also appended his own translation of Cicero's 'Dream of Scipio' from the De re publica. (Summary by Philippa)

Genre(s): Biography & Autobiography

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Chapter 1 - His Return from Exile, Part 1 Philippa
00:31:24
Play 02 Chapter 1 - His Return from Exile, Part 2 Philippa
00:32:17
Play 03 Chapter 2 - Cicero, aetat. 52, 53 and 54 Philippa
00:43:19
Play 04 Chapter 3 - Milo Philippa
00:35:02
Play 05 Chapter 4 - Cilicia, Part 1 Philippa
00:36:52
Play 06 Chapter 4 - Cilicia, Part 2 Philippa
00:30:53
Play 07 Chapter 5 - The War between Caesar and Pompey Philippa
00:41:01
Play 08 Chapter 6 - After the Battle Philippa
00:42:14
Play 09 Chapter 7 - Marcellus, Ligarius and Deiotarus, Part 1 Philippa
00:25:34
Play 10 Chapter 7 - Marcellus, Ligarius and Deiotarus, Part 2 Philippa
00:28:19
Play 11 Chapter 8 - Caesar’s Death, Part 1 Philippa
00:23:07
Play 12 Chapter 8 - Caesar’s Death, Part 2 Philippa
00:28:14
Play 13 Chapter 9 - The Philippics, Part 1 Philippa
00:40:56
Play 14 Chapter 9 - The Philippics, Part 2 Philippa
00:40:59
Play 15 Chapter 10 - Cicero’s Death Philippa
00:41:13
Play 16 Chapter 11 - Cicero’s Rhetoric, Part 1 Philippa
00:37:03
Play 17 Chapter 11 - Cicero’s Rhetoric, Part 2 Philippa
00:29:15
Play 18 Chapter 12 - Cicero’s Philosophy, Part 1 Philippa
00:30:08
Play 19 Chapter 12 - Cicero’s Philosophy, Part 2 Philippa
00:30:00
Play 20 Chapter 13 - Cicero’s Moral Essays Philippa
00:35:31
Play 21 Chapter 14 - Cicero’s Religion Philippa
00:23:30
Play 22 Appendix - Scipio's Dream Philippa
00:11:38