By Cicero, D. R. Shackleton Bailey
In letters to his pricey good friend Atticus, Cicero unearths himself as to no different of his correspondents other than, possibly, his brother. those letters, during this four-volume sequence, additionally offer a shiny photograph of a momentous interval in Roman history--years marked via the increase of Julius Caesar and the downfall of the Republic.
while the correspondence starts off in November sixty eight BCE the 38-year-old Cicero is a awesome determine in Rome: an excellent legal professional and orator, who has accomplished primacy on the Roman bar and a political profession that may culminate within the Consulship in sixty three. Over the subsequent twenty-four years--to November forty four, a 12 months prior to he used to be placed to dying by way of the forces of Octavian and Mark Antony--Cicero wrote often to his good friend and confidant, sharing information and discussing affairs of industrial and country. it truly is to this corpus of over four hundred letters that we owe such a lot of our information regarding Cicero's literary task. and brought as an entire the letters offer a first-hand account of social and political existence in Rome.