Cicero, De Oratore

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M. Tulli Ciceronis

Ad Quintum Fratrem Dialogi Tres

De Oratore

Dialogus Seu Liber Primus


I. Cogitanti mihi saepenumero, et memoria vetera repetenti, perbeati fuisse, Quinte frater, illi videri solent, qui in optima republica, cum et honoribus, et rerum gestarum gloria florerent, eum vitae cursum tenere potuerunt, ut vel in negotio sine periculo, vel in otio cum dignitate esse possent. Ac fuit quidem, cum mihi quoque initium requiescendi, atque animum ad utriusque nostrum praeclara studia referendi, fore iustum et prope ab omnibus concessum arbitrarer, si infinitus forensium rerum labor, et ambitionis occupatio, decursu honorum, 2etiam aetatis flexu, constitisset. Quam spem cogitationum et consiliorum meorum, cum graves communium temporum, tum varii nostri casus fefellerunt.


De Oratore, I

Marcus Tullius Cicero on The Making of an Orator

In Three Books Addressed to his Brother Quintus

Book the First


I. When, as often happens, brother Quintus, I Introduction. The author’s circumstances. think over and recall the days of old, those men always seem to me to have been singularly happy who, with the State at her best, and while enjoying high distinctions and the fame of their achievements, were able to maintain such a course of life that they could either engage in activity that involved no risk or enjoy a dignified repose. And time was when I used to imagine that I too should become entitled, with wellnigh universal approval, to some opportunity of leisure and of again directing my mind to the sublime pursuits beloved of us both, when once, the career of office complete and life too taking the turn towards its close,a the endless toil of public speaking and the business of canvassing should have come 2to a standstill. The hopes so born of my thoughts and plans have been cheated, alike by the disastrous times of public peril and by my manifold personal

DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.marcus_tullius_cicero-de_oratore.1942