Catiline Orations of Cicero – Literal Translation

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This is a literal word-for-word translation of Cicero’s The Four Orations Against Catiline from the Key to the Classics Series by Rev. Dr. Giles.

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  1. Jean Bernard Minster says:

    I am thinking of composing an “ut quo tante…” speech to our city Council, shamelessly cloned from Cicero’s opening (with due attribution, of course), to berate our deputy mayor who is, and has long been, a bully lording it over the rest of the council and the city staff.

    I have looked at any number of translations, trying to find the best fit in terms of style. (Of course, I am not going to call for any death penalty!…. but there are equally unpleasant fates for today’s politicians)

    I am 63, so the Latin I studied from age 10 to age 17 is a bit faded … therefore I cannot trust myself to rely on my own interpretation. But the spirit and the style of it is what I look for!

    Thanks for posting this.

    Jean-Bernard Minster
    Distinguished professor of geophysics
    Scripps Institution of Oceanography
    UCSD, La Jolla, CA

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