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Print publication date: 1986

Print ISBN-13: 9780856682537

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9780856682537.001.0001

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M. Tvlli Ciceronis Actionis in C. Verrem Secvndae

M. Tvlli Ciceronis Actionis in C. Verrem Secvndae

Liber Primvs

Chapter:
(p.24) M. Tvlli Ciceronis Actionis in C. Verrem Secvndae
Source:
Cicero: Verrines II.I
Author(s):

De Praetvra Vrbana

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9780856682537.003.0002

This chapter presents the text and translation of Cicero's Verrines II, Book 1. This is Cicero's second speech against Caius Verres concerning the urban praetorship. Cicero accuses Verres of being 'guilty in the extreme' of 'mindless criminality', saying that Verres 'has committed many unholy and unspeakable acts against both gods and men'. He condemns Verres' 'punishments of Roman citizens, some of whom he beheaded, some killed in chains, some raised on a cross even while they invoked their rights as free men and citizens', as well as Verres' 'violation of the sanctity and religious observances of all holy places and shrines'. Cicero also accuses Verres of taking money illegally and that in his quaestorship, he misappropriated public funds.

Keywords:   Cicero, Caius Verres, urban praetorship, criminality, Roman citizens, punishment, religious observances, quaestorship, public funds

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