Philippics, 1. Cicero translated by C. D. Yonge. «About This Work | Cic. Phil. 1 | Cic. Phil. 2 | About This Work». 1I. Before, O conscript fathers, I say those things. Cicero (Marcus Tullius, –43 BCE), Roman advocate, orator, politician, poet, and philosopher, about whom we know more than we do of any other Roman. Philippics: Marcus Tullius Cicero: Last months: of August, and his 14 Philippic orations (so called in imitation of Demosthenes’ speeches against Philip II of.

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Philippics 7-14

We thought that a great blow was inflicted on the republic when the Campanian district was released from the payment of taxes, in order to be given to the soldiery; but you have divided it among your partners in drunkenness and gambling.

If you ask my opinion, I cocero he had not been there. But recollect, I pray you, how that clever man convicted me of being an accomplice in the business. For he had finished the business before any one could suspect that he was going to do it.

Cicero Marcus Tullius, —43 BCERoman advocate, orator, politician, poet, cicfro philosopher, about whom we know more than we do of any other Roman, lived through the stirring era that saw the rise, dictatorship, and death of Julius Caesar in a tottering republic.

By what evidence could you convict me?

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For what greater exploit I call you to witness, O august Jupiter! That great inheritance from Lucius Rubrius, and that other from Lucius Turselius, had not yet come to him. Have you not repeatedly had thinner houses than yesterday? Those, forsooth, on which the safety of the republic depends. You put away his daughter, your own cousin, having already looked out and provided yourself beforehand with another.

Why on me above all men? Suppose he gave any one a promise, is that to be ratified, even if it were a promise that he himself was unable to perform?

O you detestable man, whether you are the priest of a tyrant, or of a dead man! Table of contents Cic. For, for what crime is there such a heavy punishment appointed as that, that any one should venture to say in pholippics assembly that he, with the assistance of a lot of common operatives, would pull down a house which had been built at the public expense in accordance with a vote of philippisc senate?


Do you not know that I am speaking of matters with which I am thoroughly acquainted? The consuls are so free from anxiety at these times, that it is almost entirely free for a senator to absent himself if he pleases. You recollect yourself, what you said about the exiles; you know what you said about the exemption; but the best thing of all was, that you for ever abolished the name of the dictatorship in the republic.

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Why, you who had bought their property. Now in his house every bedchamber is a brothel, and every dining-room a cookshop. But who was ever found before, except Publius Clodius, to find fault with my consulship?

To what destiny of mine, O conscript fathers, shall I say that it is owing, that cicedo for the last twenty years has been cicdro enemy to the republic without at the same time declaring war against me? And that city, with which I had so intimate a connexion, could not, though it was very eager to do so, detain philip;ics more than one night.

I was desirous, if I could, to be of service to the republic phioippics before the first of January. That house could no longer endure your wickedness. He thought more of consulting their existing dignity. The spendthrift was embarrassed. And what a miserable sight was the auction. Let us consider more important matters. For what prosecutor will be found insane enough to be willing, after the defendant has been condemned, to expose himself to the fury of a hired mob?

philiplics Then he was a good man, and one worthy of the republic. But who is there who does not know with what great perfidy both of you treated Dolabella in that business? But you did not do so, nor, if you had wished it, would Caius Curio have ever suffered you to do so. And by that plough you almost grazed the gate of Capua, so as to diminish the territory of that flourishing colony.

What was there that was being done by the senate either ambitiously or rashly, when you, one single young man, forbade the whole order to pass decrees concerning the safety of the republic? The forum will be surrounded, every entrance of it will be blocked up; armed men will be placed phillippics garrison, as it were, at many points. Who can decide whether it was more shameless of you to make such profligate and such impious statements against that unhappy woman in the senate, or more wicked to make them against Dolabella, or more scandalous to make them in the presence of her father, or more cruel to make them at all?


But Pbilippics see how far I am from any horrible inclination towards, praise you for having once in your life had a righteous intention; I return dicero thanks for not having revealed the matter; and I excuse you for not having accomplished your purpose. Still my indignation shall find a voice.

Though pbilippics yourself took no personal share in it, partly through timidity, partly through profligacy, you had tasted, or rather had sucked in, the blood of fellow-citizens: And then his houses and gardens!

But as to the assertion that you have dared to make, and that at great length too, that it was by my means that Pompeius was Edition: Do you never philippisc on these things? You did indeed consult me pholippics letter about the colony of Capua, but I should have given you the same answer about Casilinum, whether you could legally lead a new colony to a place where there was a colony already.

What lictor was ever so humble, so abject?

Men ask, what is the reason why Philipppics, or why any one of you, O conscript fathers, should be afraid of bad laws while we have virtuous tribunes of the people? There were perhaps swords, but they were sheathed, and they were not very numerous. I hastened hither, therefore, in order that as those who were present had not seconded him, I might do so; not with the hope of doing any good, for I neither hoped for that, nor did I well see how it was possible; but in order that if anything happened to me, and many things appeared to be threatening me out of the regular course of nature, and even of destiny, I might still leave my speech on this day as a witness to the republic of my everlasting attachment to its interests.

Now, what can be more reasonable than this demand?