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Cicero: Pro Caelio

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About the Course

In this course Dr Andrew Sillett (University of Oxford) explores Cicero’s Pro Caelio, his speech delivered in April 56 BC in defence of Marcus Caelius Rufus. In the first lecture, we think about how Roman criminal trials work. In the second lecture, we think about the significance of the date of the Pro Caelio (April 56 BC), before turning in the third lecture to think about the figure of Caelius himself. In the fourth lecture, we think about Cicero’s defensive strategy in this speech, including his famous attack on Clodia Metelli, before turning in the fifth lecture to introduce the most serious accusation against Caelius, which is afforded only the briefest mention in Cicero’s speech.

About the Lecturer

Andrew joined Brasenose in 2006 to study for his BA in Classics (Course IIA). Thanks to the generosity of the Helmore Fund, he was able to stay on for his MSt in Classical Languages & Literature. As a senior Germaine Scholar, he recently completed his DPhil on the early imperial reception of Cicero under the supervision of Llewelyn Morgan. His research interests include the reception of Cicero in the early imperial period, politics and thought in the late Roman Republic and early Principate.