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Cicero: Second Philippic

1. The Assassination of Caesar

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In his module, we think about the reconfiguration of political alliances that followed the death of Caesar, focusing in particular on Cicero’s attempts to capitalise on the political instability in the spring and summer of 44 BC.


In this course, Dr Andrew Sillett (University of Oxford) explores Cicero’s Second Philippic. We begin by outlining the historical background to the speech, starting with the assassination of Caesar on 15 March and ending with the dramatic date of Cicero’s speech: 19 September – focusing along the way on the figure of Mark Antony. After that, we think in more detail about the speech itself, focusing in particular on Cicero’s objectives in publishing such a damning criticism of Antony, before looking in more detail at the genre of invective more generally. Finally, in the seventh module, we think about the events in the year or so following the dramatic date of the speech. What changed, and to what extent could Cicero take the credit?


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, September 04). Cicero: Second Philippic - The Assassination of Caesar [Video]. MASSOLIT.

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