Politics of the Late Republic: Cicero
In this course, Dr Henriette van der Blom (University of Birmingham) explores the politics of the Late Republic through one of its central figures: Marcus Tullius Cicero. We begin by providing a broad introduction to Cicero's life and career as well as the nature of the sources – most of which were written by Cicero himself. In the second module, we turn to the concept of the res publica, focusing in particular on how Cicero thought the Roman state should be run – and how it was actually run. In the third module, we think about Cicero's prosecution of Verres in 70 BC and the importance of this trial in his burgeoning political career, before turning in the fourth module to the most important year of Cicero's life – 63 BC. In the fifth module, we consider the importance of Cicero's private letters as a source for this period, before turning in the sixth and final module to the final decade or so of Cicero's life – his return from exile, the descent into Civil War, and his murder in 43 BC.
What this playlist includes:
12 lectures across 2 courses.
All resources designed and delivered by university academics and researchers.
Courses and Lectures
1. Politics of the Late Republic: Cicero
Dr Henriette van der Blom
Birmingham University
1.1. Cicero's Life and Career – 10:57
1.2. Cicero and Res Publica – 12:22
1.3. The Trial of Verres – 12:26
1.4. Consulship and Exile – 11:39
1.5. Cicero's Letters – 10:52
2. Politics of the Late Republic: Cicero
Prof. Catherine Steel
Glasgow University
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