Cicero’s great polemic against Antony, a literary masterpiece, is here made available with full translation and notes. The introduction to this edition deals with the historical setting, Roman rhetoric and Cicero’s style while the notes are mainly literary, not historical. Attention is paid to Cicero’s use of the devices and techniques of rhetoric, and the variety of tones by which he sustains his attack on Antony without ever losing the reader’s interest. The notes also draw attention to the rhythms of the Latin and the clausulae. Latin text with facing-page English translation, introduction and commentary.
W. K. Lacey was formerly Professor of Classics and Ancient History, University of Auckland, New Zealand. His books include Res Publica: Roman Politics and Society According to Cicero (with B. W. J. G. Wilson: Oxford University Press, 1970) and Cicero and the End of the Roman Republic (Hodder Arnold H&S, 1978).
‘His edition of the Second Philippic is accurate and the notes informative.’