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Cicero: Pro Milone

3. Fluffing the Performance

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In this module, we consider one of the most peculiar aspects of Cicero's Pro Milone, the fact that the text that has come down to us apparently bears no resemblance to the speech that Cicero delivered on the day.


In this course, Dr Andrew Sillett (University of Oxford) explores Cicero's defence of Titus Annius Milo, the Pro Milone. We start by considering the crime itself—the death of Publius Clodius Pulcher on the Appian War on 18 January 52 BC. After that, we look at the life and political career of the victim, before turning in the third module to one of most peculiar aspects of the speech: the fact that the published text apparently bears no resemblance to what Cicero actually said on the day. In the fourth and fifth modules, we turn to the speech itself, looking in turn at the two halves of Cicero's defence—first, that Milo acted in self-defence, and second, that Milo deserved to die in any case—before thinking in the sixth module about why Cicero would publish a speech that ultimately failed in its aim.


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.

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Sillett, A. (2018, August 15). Cicero: Pro Milone - Fluffing the Performance [Video]. MASSOLIT.

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Sillett, Andrew. "Cicero: Pro Milone – Fluffing the Performance." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 15 Aug 2018,