Selected Political Speeches of Cicero - Chapter 8, Pro Marcello Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 8, Pro Marcello Summary and Analysis

Pro Marcellus is given in 46 B.C., after Cicero's exile and exoneration by Caesar. Cicero is coming out of years of isolation and depression and is horrified by Caesar's destruction of the republic. However, since Caesar exonerated him and because he is dictator, Cicero can say nothing against him. Cicero has often returned to the senate (which at this time has no real power), but has so far kept silent. This is his first speech since his exile. Pro Marcello praises and thanks Caesar for pardoning Marcellus, his greatest enemy and a defender of the republic. This speech is not a defense, however; instead, it is a speech of praise, although many have wondered exactly why Cicero is giving it. Some believe Cicero is trying to maintain his relevance and his reputation for great oratory. Some think...

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