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Frank Frost Abbott, Commentary on Selected Letters of Cicero, Cicero's Public Life and Contemporary Politics. (search)
purpose to retain the supreme power in his own hands, especially when, at the close of the year 46, Caesar, on departing for Spain, left the city in charge of eight praefecti, who were directly responsible to his personal representatives, Cornelius Balbus and C. Oppius. Suet. Iul. 76; Dio Cass. 43.28; Cic. Fam. 6.8.2; Tac. Ann. 12.60. 35. Caesar defeated the last of the Pompeians, who had rallied under the leadership of Labienus and the two sons of Pompey, at Munda,Bell. Hisp. 31. Mar. 17, 45 B.C., and returned to Rome in September to continue the reforms which he had already begun, and to make preparations for his great campaign against the Parthians in the following year. In the meantime a conspiracy was forming against him, led by a few disappointed office-seekers and fanatics, and fostered by the traditional Roman prejudice against the title of rex and the regal insignia. The indiscreet act of Antony and of some other personal friend (or enemy?), in offering a diadem to Cae
Frank Frost Abbott, Commentary on Selected Letters of Cicero, The Private Life of Cicero. (search)
et in ista luce vive: omnis peregrinatio — quad ego ab adulescentia iudicavi — obscura et sordidast. Fam. 2.12.2. 51. No sketch, however brief, of Cicero's private life would be complete without some reference to the connection between it and his philosophical work. In the early part of the year 46 B.C. he was divorced from Terentia,Plut. Cic. 41. in November his son Marcus left Rome to pursue his studies in Athens, Att. 12.8 (written Nov.11, 46 B.C.). and, hardest of all to bear, in Feb., 45 B.C., his beloved daughter Tullia died.Schmidt, Briefw. p.271. Cicero was overwhelmed with grief, and at his lonely villa upon a little island in the river Astura, gave himself up to the perusal of such books as he thought would help him to bear his loss 5; and as he gradually gained some control over his feelings, he began the composition of works in a similar vein. His purpose gradually widened until it included the development of a complete philosophical system, and for twelve months he
Frank Frost Abbott, Commentary on Selected Letters of Cicero, Cicero's Family and Friends. (search)
during the year of Cicero's exile. pro Sest. 68. In 56 B.C. Tullia married Furius Crassipes. Q. fr. 2.4.2. The match was regarded as a good one, but for reasons unknown to us Crassipes and Tullia were soon divorced. Her next matrimonial venture was with P. Cornelius Dolabella, Att. 6.6.1; Fam. 8.6.1. the Caesarian politician. Their married life proved to be a most unhappy one, and they were probably divorced towards the close of the year 46 B.C. Fam. 6.18.5. Tullia herself died in Feb., 45 B.C.,Schmidt, Briefw. p.271. and her father was plunged in the deepest grief, in which his friends Caesar, Lucceius, Sulpicius, and others sought to comfort him by letters of condolence. Att. 13.20.1; Fam. 4.5; 5.13; 5.14; Att. 12.13.1. Marcus Tullius Cicero filius. 54. Cicero's only son Marcus was born in 65 B.C. The father gave his personal attention for some time to the young man's education, and sent him later to Athens to pursue his studies, in the hope that he would take up the l
Frank Frost Abbott, Commentary on Selected Letters of Cicero, Letter XXXIV: ad familiares 15.4 (search)
s peracer, peramans, and perlubens, while in his other writings only the regular superiative forms are used to indicate the possession of a quality in a very high degree. Cf. also Intr. 77. neque non vere, and not without justification. nec quicquam: cf. similar use of nihil for nemo, Ep. XXV. 4. apud oppidum: cf. apud Iconium, 2 n nova finitimorum consilia: the intentions of Artavasdes, the king of Armenia, were a matter of doubt; cf. Fam. 15.2.2. rex Deiotarus : Cicero defended him in 45 B.C. against the charge of planning to murder Caesar. fide, etc.: cf. Cic. Phil. 2.34 quid de Cn. Pompeio loquar? qui unum Deiotarum in toto orbe terrarum ex animo amicam vereque benevolum, unum fidelem populo Romano iudisavit. se venturum: upon the omission of the verb of saying, cf. Intr. 95. cuius salutem, etc.: the disclosure in this letter of the relations which existed between Rome and Ariobarzanes, throws a sidelight upon the attitude which the Roman Republic assumed toward her provinc
Frank Frost Abbott, Commentary on Selected Letters of Cicero, Letter LXX: ad familiares 15.17 (search)
lla omnia bona coemit. This fact caused his unpopularity. Cicero speaks of his death in the same way in writing to Dolabella (Fam. 9.10.3): ego cetero qui animo aequo fero; unum vereor ne hasta Caesaris refrixerit. Upon refrixisset, cf. Intr. 99. Mindius perdidisse: the butcher Mindius and the perfumer Attius have now no competitor at auction sales. de Hispania: upon de, cf. Intr. 91. Caesar went to Spain (cf. Bell. Hisp. 2) in Nov., 46 B.C. , and the battle of Munda took place Mar. 17, 45 B.C. , i.e. only a few months after this letter was written. The difficulties in which Caesar was involved, and the imminence of the decisive contest, were doubtless known at Rome. Pansa: C. Vibius Pansa, the colleague of Hirtius in the consulship in 43 B.C. He had set out to join Caesar in Spain; cf. Schmidt, Briefw. 272. paludatus: of a soldier, as togatus is used of a civilian. The paludamentum was the cloak of a commander, the sagum the cloak of a common soldier. nuper: Cassius had lately
Frank Frost Abbott, Commentary on Selected Letters of Cicero, Letter LXXII: ad Atticum 12.16 (search)
Letter LXXII: ad Atticum 12.16 Astura, Mar. 10, 45 B.C. The death of his only daughter, Tullia, in the latter part of Feb., 45, robbed Cicero of the one person to whom he was deeply attached, and left him inconsolable. He betook himself at once to a house belonging to Atticus, near Rome, and then in a short time to his solitary villa upon the island of Astura, where he remained alone, writing daily letters to Atticus (Att. 12.9-44), and receiving letters of condolence from Sulpicius, Dolabella, and others. Cf. also Intr. 51, 53. nunc ipsum, at this very moment. With this meaning, precisely or just, ipsum is now and then found with adverbs of time; cf. nunc ipsum non dubitabo rem tantam abicere, Att. 7.3.2; ne tum ipsum accideret, etc., de Or. 1.123. tuae domi: where he remained for a short time after Tullia's death. poteram: sc. esse. Philippus: L. Marcius Philippus, the stepfather of Augustus, had a villa in the neighborhood; cf. Att. 12.18.1. scriptio et litterae : not letter-wr
Frank Frost Abbott, Commentary on Selected Letters of Cicero, Letter LXXIII: ad familiares 9.11 (search)
Letter LXXIII: ad familiares 9.11 The villa of Atticus, at Ficulea, soon after April 20, 45 B.C. Upon Dolabella, cf. Intr. 56. This letter is written in reply to a letter of condolence which Dolabella had sent to Cicero on hearing of Tullia's death. Dolabella was at this time in Spain, acting as Caesar's legate. opinio nostra: on the expectation of a decisive battle in Spain, cf. de Hispania, Ep. LXX.3n. ut iuvari: Cicero does not reveal, either in this letter or in his letters to Atticus, the bitterness which we should expect him to feel on account of the heartless and mercenary treatment which Tullia had suffered at Dolabella's hands; cf. Ep. LVII n. fortunae putem: in a letter of sympathy to Titius (Fam. 5.16.2) Cicero writes: est autem consolatio pervulgata quidem illa maxime, quam semper in ore atque in animo habere debemus, homines nos ut esse meminerimus ea lege natos ut omnibus telis fortunae proposita sit vita nostra. Cf. also Fam. 5.17.3 te ut hortarer rogaremque ut e
Frank Frost Abbott, Commentary on Selected Letters of Cicero, Letter LXXIV: ad Atticum 12.32 (search)
Letter LXXIV: ad Atticum 12.32 Astura, Mar. 28,45 B.C. mea manu: cf. Intr. 64. Publilia: cf. Intr. 52. Publilio: the brother of Publilia. tum: Publilia seems to have felt some jealousy of the devotion which Cicero showed for his daughter, and the failure on Publilia's part to show a proper feeling at Tullia's death led him to separate from her. illas litteras non esse illius: sc. but dictated by her mother. alio: sc. discedam. nollem, I am sorry. ut scribis: i.e. quemadmodum scribere soles (Boot). ita si, only in case that. Words which denote degree obtain often from the context the idea of limitation. Cf. Ep. XXXII. 2 a te rogabo, ita mihi des, si tibi ut id libenter facias ante persuaseris; in Cat. 3.16 tam diu (only so long); pro Flac. 34 dixit tantum: nihil ostendit, nihil protulit. peregrinationis: young Cicero had just gone to Athens to prosecute his studies there, and as Cicero himself would be absent from Rome, he requested Atticus to pay the young man's expenses from
Frank Frost Abbott, Commentary on Selected Letters of Cicero, Letter LXXV: ad familiares 4.5 (search)
Letter LXXV: ad familiares 4.5 Athens, March, 45 B.C. Servius Sulpicius Rufus, who was of about the same age as Cicero, was for a time his rival in oratory, but, soon recognizing his friend's matchless oratorical powers, he turned his attention to the study of jurisprudence, and was for many generations a leading authority in that subject. His opinions are frequently quoted in the Digest. In politics he was, like Cicero, a conservative and a lover of peace, and, as such, strove during his consulship in 51 B.C. to avert the impending struggle between Caesar and Pompey. When the other Pompeians left Rome at the outbreak of the Civil War, Sulpicius was prevented by illness from accompanying them, and, like Cicero, he hesitated long whether to maintain a neutral position or to join them. A lively correspondence upon this point passed between the two in 49 B.C. (cf. Fam. 4.1, 2). In 46 he was made governor of Achaia by Caesar (cf. Ep. LXV. 10). After the death of Caesar, in the s
Frank Frost Abbott, Commentary on Selected Letters of Cicero, Letter LXXVI: ad familiares 4.6 (search)
Letter LXXVI: ad familiares 4.6 From the villa of Atticus, at Ficulea, Apr., 45 B.C. Cicero's reply to Ep. LXXV. ego vero: cf. Ep. XXX.1n. adfuisses : without hic; cf. Ep. LXXV.1n. Servius tuus: the son of Sulpicius. iucundiora, more productive of pleasure. gratiora, more worthy of gratitude; cf. Att. 3.24.2 ista veritas, etiam si iucunda non est, mihi tamen grata est. societas: cf. Servius's expression of personal sorrow in Ep. LXXV.1. mihi exempla propono: cf. fac, etc., Ep. LXXV.4n. Q. Mand sympathy of Tullia. amicorum negotiis: as an advocate; cf. sublatis iudiciis, Ep. LXII.1n. curiam: the ascendancy of Caesar had taken away the dignity and influence of the senate. Cf. Ep. LXVII. 4. consanuisse: found only here in Cicero. sperabam : an epistolary tense; cf. Intr. 84c. ante : before Caesar's return from Spain, which took place in Sept., 45 B.C. unius: i.e. Caesaris. amicissimi: Caesar had shown his friendship for Servius by making him governor of Achaia. vale: cf. Intr. 62.
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