The most famous speeches of the greatest
Roman orator, read with classical pronunciation by Nikolaus Groß.
Cicero himself considered the unmasking of
Catilina’s conspiracy, expulsion from the city and the execution
of Catilina’s adherents as his
highest, immortal merit for the Roman state. What ever may be modern
historian’s judgment about Cicero’s political deeds: There
is no doubt about the stylistic brilliance of the most famous speeches
of Latin literature. Quotations like „Quo usque tandem“ and
„O tempora, o mores“ are imperishable jewels of the
treasure of world literature.
In the first speech, the
true invective, Cicero by the famous words quo usque tandem – how long? attacks
furiously Catilina who, as he says, according to the example of the
ancestors as an enemy had to be killed since a long time.
Catilina’s deeds by him the consul have been unmasked until those
of the last night and the night before, the orator affirms, changing
the tenor from quiet reasoning until
to most violent accusations...
This oration, by which
Catilina’s reputation has been ruined, shows how surely the
consul knew that Catilina could not more abstain from the conspiracy...