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 judgement 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
2nd CD: CIC.Cat.II
The second speech against Catilina (delivered Nov. the 8th 63 B.C. to
the people) according to Cicero’s plans at one hand had to
counteract the fear, at the other hand the incitement of the people,
who had been instigated against the so called ‚tyrannic’
actions of the consul.
the first part the orator explains to those who had wished that
Catilina would be punished, not let out, why he chosen this way: after
a punishment of Catilina prevented by envy, he wouldn’t have had
the possibility to proceed against the remaining conspirators. But they
actually are ruining the state. No external enemy can destroy Rome, the
enemy is lurking inside: one must fight against the crimes and
debaucheries of Catilina’s adherents...