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5. Pro Milone

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In this module, Andrew discusses Cicero's speech in defence of Milo, a man who stands accused of murdering Clodius. What's interesting about this speech is that both sides agree that Milo in fact killed Clodius, so what's there to argue about? Cicero was unsuccessful in his defence of his friend, and Milo was exiled to Marseille (where Verres had fled to some years before). The speech that we know as the Pro Milone was never delivered, leading us to ask: what is the relationship between the written records of speeches and what was actually said?


In this course, Dr Andrew Sillett (University of Oxford) provides an introduction to Cicero's life and times through six legal and political speeches, from his first speech (Pro Roscio Amerino), delivered when he was just 26, through the speeches that would shape the last years of the Roman Republic and his own death at the hands of hired thugs.


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 [Video]. MASSOLIT.

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Sillett, A. "Cicero – Pro Milone." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 15 Aug 2018,