Cicero Lecture Outline

b. at Arpinum in 106 BCE

BCE 90 toga virilis

Studies law, oratory and statesmanship

25 yrs old – begins law career

Novus homo

Catilinarian conspiracy – what was his greatest accomplishment also led to his decline

58 BC banished from Rome

57 BC allowed to return

43 BC Second Triumvirate forms and Cicero is put to death

Discussion Questions:

How are images of war and personal combat used in this speech?  


How is Catiline alienated from the city and its inhabitants?  


What role do the walls of the city play in this speech?


How does Cicero defend the city against Catiline?