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Letters of Cicero (12 vols.)

by Cicero, M. Tullius

Harvard University Press, G. P. Putnam’s Sons 1912–1929

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Overview

M. Tullius Cicero was a Roman philosopher, politician, lawyer, orator, and political theorist. His life coincided with the decline and fall of the Roman Republic. Given his status, he played a significant role in the events of his time. In addition to his famous speeches and his works of rhetoric and philosophy, Cicero was also a prodigious letter writer. Today, his hundreds of surviving letters offer a vivid portrait of Roman politics and culture, as well as Cicero’s personal perspectives.

This collection encompasses Cicero’s correspondence with his family, friends, and acquaintances, spanning from the peak of his political career to the years leading up to his death. The letters provide an authentic portrait of Cicero, reflecting both his private and public life. Much of his correspondence was written in the moment—the writing style casual and the content personal. Other letters, addressed to public figures, exhibit Cicero’s rhetorical prowess. The Letters of Cicero provides a window into the life of one of Rome’s greatest orators, as well as a significant period in history.

This collection contains the complete texts in their Loeb Classical Library editions. Each text is included in its original Latin, with an English translation for side-by-side comparison. Use Logos’ language tools to go deeper into the Latin text with linked translations, definitions, and pronunciation tools. You can also use the dictionary lookup tool to examine difficult English words. Quick and easy access to maps and charts, as well as definitions and lexical information, allows you to follow Cicero’s correspondence like never before.

Key Features

  • Collection of Cicero’s personal correspondence
  • Window into the decline and fall of the Roman Republic
  • Loeb Classical Library editions

Individual Titles

Letters to Atticus, vol. 1

  • Author: Cicero
  • Translator: E. O. Winstedt
  • Series: Loeb Classical Library
  • Publisher: G. P. Putnam’s Sons
  • Publication Date: 1912
  • Pages: 262

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5

This volume contains E. O. Winstedt’s English translation of volume 1 of Letters to Atticus. The letters in volume 1 cover events including Cicero’s praetorship, his banishment, his service as proconsul in Cilicia, and foreshadowing of the problems between Caesar and Pompey.

Letters to Atticus, vol. 1: Latin Text

  • Author: Cicero
  • Series: Loeb Classical Library
  • Publisher: G. P. Putnam’s Sons
  • Publication Date: 1912
  • Pages: 262

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5

This volume contains the Latin text of volume 1 of Letters to Atticus. The letters in volume 1 cover events including Cicero’s praetorship, his banishment, his service as proconsul in Cilicia, and foreshadowing of the problems between Caesar and Pompey.

Letters to Atticus, vol. 2

  • Author: Cicero
  • Translator: E. O. Winstedt
  • Series: Loeb Classical Library
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication Date: 1913
  • Pages: 236

This volume contains E. O. Winstedt’s English translation of volume 2 of Letters to Atticus. The letters in volume 2 cover the fall of the Republic during the struggle between Caesar and Pompey.

Letters to Atticus, vol. 2: Latin Text

  • Author: Cicero
  • Series: Loeb Classical Library
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication Date: 1913
  • Pages: 236

This volume contains the Latin text of volume 2 of Letters to Atticus. The letters in volume 2 cover the fall of the Republic during the struggle between Caesar and Pompey.

Letters to Atticus, vol. 3

  • Author: Cicero
  • Translator: E. O. Winstedt
  • Series: Loeb Classical Library
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication Date: 1918
  • Pages: 244

This volume contains E. O. Winstedt’s English translation of volume 3 of Letters to Atticus. The letters in volume 3 cover Caesar’s victory over the Pompeian party in 46 BC, and the last years Cicero’s life.

Letters to Atticus, vol. 3: Latin Text

  • Author: Cicero
  • Series: Loeb Classical Library
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication Date: 1918
  • Pages: 244

This volume contains the Latin text of volume 3 of Letters to Atticus. The letters in volume 3 cover Caesar’s victory over the Pompeian party in 46 BC, and the last years of Cicero’s life.

Letters to His Friends, vol. 1: Books 1–6

  • Author: Cicero
  • Translator: W. Glynn Williams
  • Series: Loeb Classical Library
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication Date: 1927
  • Pages: 289

This text contains W. Glynn Williams’ English translations of books 1–6 of Letters to His Friends. Letters to His Friends contains 426 letters from Cicero, representing his correspondence with friends and acquaintances from 62 to 43 BC.

Letters to His Friends, vol. 1: Books 1–6: Latin Text

  • Author: Cicero
  • Series: Loeb Classical Library
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication Date: 1927
  • Pages: 289

This text contains the Latin text of books 1–6 of Letters to His Friends. Letters to His Friends contains 426 letters from Cicero, representing his correspondence with friends and acquaintances from 62 to 43 BC.

Letters to His Friends, vol. 2: Books 7–12

  • Author: Cicero
  • Translator: W. Glynn Williams
  • Series: Loeb Classical Library
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication Date: 1928
  • Pages: 341

This text contains W. Glynn Williams’ English translations of books 7–12 of Letters to His Friends. Letters to His Friends contains 426 letters from Cicero, representing his correspondence with friends and acquaintances from 62 to 43 BC.

Letters to His Friends, vol. 2: Books 7–12: Latin Text

  • Author: Cicero
  • Series: Loeb Classical Library
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication Date: 1928
  • Pages: 341

This text contains the Latin text of books 7–12 of Letters to His Friends. Letters to His Friends contains 426 letters from Cicero, representing his correspondence with friends and acquaintances from 62 to 43 BC.

Letters to His Friends, vol. 3: Books 13–16. To His Brother Quintus. To Brutus

  • Author: Cicero
  • Translators: W. Glynn Williams and M. Cary
  • Series: Loeb Classical Library
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication Date: 1929
  • Pages: 400

This text contains W. Glynn Williams’ English translations of books 13–16 of Letters to His Friends. Letters to His Friends contains 426 letters from Cicero, representing his correspondence with friends and acquaintances from 62 to 43 BC. This volume also includes the English translations of Cicero’s letters to his brother Quintus, which gives the reader an intimate window into Cicero’s family life, as well as M. Cary’s translations of Cicero’s correspondence with Brutus from the spring of 43 BC, which covers the period following Julius Caesar’s assassination.

Letters to His Friends, vol. 3: Books 13–16. To His Brother Quintus. To Brutus: Latin Text

  • Author: Cicero
  • Series: Loeb Classical Library
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication Date: 1929
  • Pages: 400

This text contains the Latin text of books 13–16 of Letters to His Friends. Letters to His Friends contains 426 letters from Cicero, representing his correspondence with friends and acquaintances from 62 to 43 BC. This volume also includes the Latin text of Cicero’s letters to his brother Quintus, which gives the reader an intimate window into Cicero’s family life, as well as Cicero’s correspondence with Brutus from the spring of 43 BC, which covers the period following Julius Caesar’s assassination.

Product Details

  • Title: Letters of Cicero
  • Author: M. Tullius Cicero
  • Translators: E. O. Winstedt, W. Glynn Williams, and M. Cary
  • Series: Loeb Classical Library
  • Publisher: G. P. Putnam’s Sons and Harvard University Press
  • Volumes: 12
  • Pages: 3,544

About M. Tullius Cicero

M. Tullius Cicero (106–43 BC) was born to a family of the equestrian class in Ardinum. Cicero’s father was an influential man in the community who placed great emphasis on education. Cicero was educated by his father and then by private teachers who instructed him in Greek oratory and philosophy. Cicero studied Roman law under Quintus Mucius Scaevola. After winning his first case, Cicero left Rome to visit Greece, Asia Minor, and Rhodes. While in Greece, Cicero studied rhetoric with a number of famous rhetoricians in Athens. Upon his return to Rome, he became quite involved in political life. He ascended the Roman hierarchy, becoming a quaestor at age 31, an aedile at 37, a praetor at 40 and, at 43, a consul—the highest office. For a time, he was exiled for executing a group of Roman citizens without a trial, after they plotted to kill him and overthrow the Republic. Upon his return, Cicero was caught up in the standoff between Julius Caesar and the senate. When civil war broke out, Cicero took the side of the Republic (against Caesar), though he attempted to maintain some good will with Caesar. After Caesar’s assassination, Cicero fell out with Mark Antony. This culminated in Antony orchestrating Cicero’s murder.

About the Translators

E. O. Winstedt (1880–January 29, 1955) was a scholar of the Latin language. He also studied the life and culture of the Romani people.

W. Glynn Williams was formerly a fellow of St. John’s College, Cambridge, and headmaster of Friars School, Bangor, UK.

M. Cary was formerly professor of ancient history at the University of London.