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Background[ edit ] Running for the consulship for a second time after having lost at the first attempt, Catiline was an advocate for the cancellation of debts and land redistribution. There was apparently substantial evidence that he had bribed numerous senators to vote for him and engaged in other unethical conduct related to the election such behaviour was, however, hardly unknown in the late Republic. Cicero, in indignation, issued a law prohibiting such machinations, [3] and it seemed obvious to all that the law was directed at Catiline. Catiline, therefore, so Cicero claimed, conspired to murder Cicero and other key senators on the day of the election, in what became known as the Second Catilinarian conspiracy. Ordinary law was suspended, and Cicero, as consul, was invested with absolute power. When the election was finally held, Catiline lost again.

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Background[ edit ] Running for the consulship for a second time after having lost at the first attempt, Catiline was an advocate for the cancellation of debts and land redistribution. There was apparently substantial evidence that he had bribed numerous senators to vote for him and engaged in other unethical conduct related to the election such behaviour was, however, hardly unknown in the late Republic.

Cicero, in indignation, issued a law prohibiting such machinations, [3] and it seemed obvious to all that the law was directed at Catiline. Catiline, therefore, so Cicero claimed, conspired to murder Cicero and other key senators on the day of the election, in what became known as the Second Catilinarian conspiracy.

Ordinary law was suspended, and Cicero, as consul, was invested with absolute power. When the election was finally held, Catiline lost again. The nucleus of conspirators was also joined by some senators. The plan was to initiate an insurrection in all of Italy , put Rome to the torch and, according to Cicero, kill as many senators as they could. On November 8, Cicero called for a meeting of the Senate in the Temple of Jupiter Stator , near the forum, which was used for that purpose only when great danger was imminent.

Catiline attended as well. It was then that Cicero delivered one of his most famous orations. The opening remarks are still widely remembered and used after years: Quo usque tandem abutere, Catilina, patientia nostra? Quam diu etiam furor iste tuus nos eludet?

Quem ad finem sese effrenata iactabit audacia? When, O Catiline, do you mean to cease abusing our patience? How long is that madness of yours still to mock us? When is there to be an end of that unbridled audacity of yours, swaggering about as it does now?

Oh, what times! Oh, what behaviour! Catiline was present when the speech was delivered. He replied to it by asking people not to trust Cicero because he was a self-made man with no family tradition of public office, and to trust himself because of the long experience of his family. The next morning Cicero assembled the people, and gave a further oration.

The Second Oration — Oratio in Catilinam Secunda Habita ad Populum[ edit ] Cicero informed the citizens of Rome that Catiline had left the city not in exile, as Catiline had said, but to join with his illegal army. He assured the people of Rome that they had nothing to fear because he, as consul, and the gods would protect the state. This speech was delivered with the intention of convincing the lower class, or common man, that Catiline would not represent their interests and they should not support him.

When the Senate was informed of the developments, they declared the two of them public enemies. The Third Oration — Oratio in Catilinam Tertia ad Populum[ edit ] Cicero claimed that the city should rejoice because it had been saved from a bloody rebellion. He asked for nothing for himself but the grateful remembrance of the city and acknowledged that the victory was more difficult than one in foreign lands because the enemies were citizens of Rome.

Florence, Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana , Plut. In his fourth and final argument, which took place in the Temple of Concordia , Cicero establishes a basis for other orators primarily Cato the Younger to argue for the execution of the conspirators. As consul , Cicero was formally not allowed to voice any opinion in the matter, but he circumvented the rule with subtle oratory. For example, Julius Caesar argued that exile and disenfranchisement would be sufficient punishment for the conspirators, and one of the accused, Lentulus, was a praetor.

However, after the combined efforts of Cicero and Cato, the vote shifted in favor of execution, and the sentence was carried out shortly afterwards.

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Downloads: 24 Views: Chapter I. I ask you, Catiline, how far will you abuse our patience? For how much longer still will that madness of yours mock us? To what limit will that unrestrained audacity of yours display itself? Do you not realize that your plans lie exposed? Do you not see that your conspiracy is already being kept restricted by the knowledge of all these men? Which of us do you think does not know what you did last night, what you did the night before, where you were, whom you assembled and what plan you adopted?

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Catiline Orations

Quo usque tandem abutere, Catilina, patientia nostra? Nihilne te nocturnum praesidium Palati, nihil urbis vigiliae, nihil timor populi, nihil concursus bonorum omnium, nihil hic munitissimus habendi senatus locus, nihil horum ora voltusque moverunt? Patere tua consilia non sentis, constrictam iam horum omnium scientia teneri coniurationem tuam non vides? Quid proxima, quid superiore nocte egeris, ubi fueris, quos convocaveris, quid consilii ceperis, quem nostrum ignorare arbitraris? Senatus haec intellegit. Consul videt; hic tamen vivit.

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