CLA233 – Primary Sources
Week 3 – Cicero, Select Letters
Cicero writes letters to his family – he is away from home, his wife (Terentia)
is ill, he is sad
Discusses slave – master relations. Tells the story of several masters being
beaten to death or drowned by their slaves
Cicero has developed a friendship with one of his slaves
Week 4 – Tullius Cicero, On Running for the Consulship
Providing advice on how to win the consulship
Securing the right friendships
Week 4 – Hortensia’s Speech, Public Life
Triumvirs decided to pass an edict demanding the property of the 1400
wealthiest women in order to collect money for civil war.
Hortensia made a speech: why should we share the penalties if we have no
part in the wrongdoing?
Never in the past were women forced to pay taxes – so why now?