Even at the end, he addresses Marcus Antonius who is not even present, acclaiming and chastising. Will you never understand that you have to decide whether those men who performed that action are homicides or assertors of freedom.
Antonius also gave Brutus and Cassius commissions to buy corn in Asia and Sicily for the use of the republic, in order to keep them out of the city. What he considered life, what he considered prosperity, was the being equal to the rest of the citizens in freedom, and chief of them all in worth.
I am denouncing violence and arms, away with them too. Now mark, also, his incredible folly. It would have been the part of a fool to hope to do so, and of an impudent man to advise it. I confess that they, if they be not deliverers of the Roman people and saviours of the republic, are worse than assassins, worse than homicides, worse even than parricides: And that measure was not even offered to us for discussion.
And when they sought to recover those things by force of arms which belonged to them by the laws, who was it most natural-- although in unjust and unnatural proceedings what can there be that is natural. But because each of us had a definite object to pursue, our disagreement was the more endurable.
For who is there at this day to whom it is an object that that law should stand. I suppose the truth was, that he wished it to be done by me as a favour; in which matter there could not be any favour done even by himself, if a law was already passed for the purpose.
And besides these instances, this man has seized on much other property belonging to men wholly unconnected with him, to the exclusion of the legitimate heirs, as if he himself were the heir. But he himself was not agitated in the same manner that I was; for, being elevated with the consciousness of his great and glorious exploit, he had no complaints to make of what had befallen him, though he lamented your fate exceedingly.
What was your rank. And are you the defenders of the acts of Caesar who overturn his laws. If not, as far as I can I shall reserve myself not for myself, but rather for the Republic. Dolabella was present at all these battles.
Possibly, Cicero wanted to revive his success of the attacks on the conspiracy of Catiline ; at any rate, he compares Mark Antony with his own worst political opponents Catiline and Clodius in a clever rhetorical manner.
Still this is the sum total of my conclusion; that since they are acquitted by you of wickedness, they are at the same time pronounced most worthy of the very most honourable rewards. Yes, your consulship, forsooth, is a salutary one for the state, mine a mischievous one.
At the end of May Cicero began to return towards Rome, in order to arrive there in time for the meeting of the senate on the first of June; but many of his friends dissuaded him from entering the city, and at last he determined not to appear in the senate on that day, but to make a tour in Greece; to assist him in which, Dolabella named him one of his lieutenants.
Then, at last, we did appear to have been really delivered by brave men, because, as they had willed it to be, peace was following liberty on the next day, on the day after that, on the third day, and on all the following days, you went on without intermission giving every day, as it were, some fresh present to the Republic, but the greatest of all presents was that, when you abolished the name of the dictatorship.
If he was severe, why was he not so to every one. Cicero presents himself as an attorney of peace, but considers war against Mark Antony as a demand of the moment. Soon after this, Cicero removed to a villa near Naples for greater safety, and here he composed this second Philippic, which he did not publish immediately, but contented himself at first with sending a copy to Brutus and Cassius, who were much pleased with it.
You have assigned, O Antonius, two thousand acres 1. Caesar induced him to stand for the consulship. I myself, indeed, am a man who have at all times despised that applause which is bestowed by the vulgar crowd, but at the same time, when it is bestowed by those of the highest, and of the middle, and of the lowest rank, and, in short, by all ranks together, and when those men who were previously accustomed to aim at nothing but the favor of the people keep aloof, I then think that, not mere applause, but a deliberate verdict.
Were these the men to seek counsel from the ancestors of others rather than from their own. Caesar had this peculiar characteristic; whoever he knew to be utterly ruined by debt, and needy, even if he knew him also to be an audacious and worthless man, he willingly admitted him to his intimacy.
Although, indeed, as your most intimate friends usually say, you are in the habit of declaiming, not for the purpose of whetting Edition: And all these measures were owing to you. But why should I seek to make an impression on you by my speech. Have you not repeatedly had thinner houses than yesterday.
But who are they whom Antonius does consult. Meantime Sextus Pompeius, who was at the head of a considerable army in Spain, addressed letters to the consuls proposing terms of accommodation, which after some debate, and some important modifications, were agreed to, and he quitted Spain, and came as far as Marseilles on his road towards Rome.
He utterly abolished from the constitution of the Republic the Dictatorship, which had by this time attained to the authority of regal power. O wretched man, whether those things are not known to you, for you know nothing that is good, or whether they are, when you dare to speak so shamelessly before such men.
They are not homicides then. He describes his enthusiasm, 'no winds were speedy enough to satisfy my impatience. I am denouncing violence and arms, away with them too. Nor do I believe that you, either waking or sleeping, can ever act with quiet sense.
In Cicero’s, “First Philippic against Marcus Antonius,” he is offering his view on the political situation after the death of Caesar. His purpose for coming before the Senate is to drive them to the realization that Marcus Antonius and his actions are slowly breaking down the unity of the country.
By: Marcus Tullius Cicero A philippic is a fiery, damning speech delivered to condemn a particular political actor. The term originates with Demosthenes, who delivered an attack on Philip II of Macedon in the 4th century BCE.
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Return to Persona Historiae. Jun 08, · I wish Marcus Antonius were here today (though i prefer his advisers 5 to remain elsewhere!). If he were here, he would tell me, or rather he would tell you, Senators, what line he adopts as regards the justification of Caesar's acts.First philippic against marcus