Epistularum Ad Familiares Libri Sedecim M. Tullii Ciceronis

Introduction

   "This collection of Cicero's "Letters to his Friends" was preserved and edited by his secretary Tiro. The collection is inadequately entitled, as it includes several letters, some of them of profound interest, from his friends to Cicero. There are 426 letters, divided into sixteen books, not arranged in any sort of order, chronological or otherwise, except that letters from or to particular correspondents are generally grouped together; the third book, for instance, consists exclusively of letters from Cicero to Appius Claudius Pulcher, and the eighth book of letters from Marcus Caelius Rufus to Cicero.
   The earliest letter is one from Cicero to Pompey (X. 7) dated 62 B.C., the year after Cicero's consulship; the latest is one from him to Cassius (XII. 10) written in 43 B.C., the year after the assassination of Caesar, and a few months before his own.
   These ninteen years from 62 to 43 B.C. cover a period of supreme importance in the history of the Roman Republic--a period more minutely described and vividly illustrated in these letters, giving us as they do the different points of view among the various correpondents, than even in the "Letters to Atticus," written by Cicero alone.
   The letters vary greatly in interest and style; while many of them contain matter of the highest literary or historical value--as, for instance, Cicero's explanation of his political chance of front (I. 9), Sulpicius Rufus' letter of condolence to Cicero on the death of his daughter Tullia (IV. 5) and Matius' defense of his friendship for Caesar (XI. 28)--others are no more than merely formal documents."

-- Excerpts from "Introduction", Cicero: Letters to His Friends, trans. W. Glynn Williams, Loeb Classical Library vol. 205, Harvard UP: Cambridge, MA. 1990, 1927.

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Epistulae Ad Familiares M. Ciceronis Libri Sedecim: The source of the Latin Texts is Marci Tullii Ciceronis Epistulae, ed. D. Albert Wesenberg, Teubner, Leipzig: 1885.
Liber Primus (I) Latin Text Liber Nonus (IX) Latin Text
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Liber Secundus (II) Latin Text Liber Decimus (X) Latin Text
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Liber Tertius (III) Latin Text Liber Undecimus (XI) Latin Text
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Liber Quartus (IV) Latin Text Liber Duodecimus (XII) Latin Text
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Liber Quintus (V) Latin Text Liber Tertius Decimus (XIII) Latin Text
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Liber Sextus (VI) Latin Text Liber Quartus Decimus (XIV) Latin Text
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Liber Septimus (VII) Latin Text Liber Quintus Decimus (XV) Latin Text
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Liber Octavus (VIII) Latin Text Liber Sextus Decimus (XVI) Latin Text
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