Happy 2128th Birthday Cicero!
44 BCE Is Not Going To Be His Year
Salvete, patres subscripti.
Today is Cicero’s 2128th birthday!
It is also conveniently close enough to new year for a brief update about e-pistulae:
We have reached the letters written in 44 BCE, the year in which Cicero turned 62, and Julius Caesar had a really bad time! This is also the penultimate year of Cicero’s life.
Unfortunately, there are very few letters dating from the first two months of the year. Fortunately, the frequency of letters increases massively after A Very Special Day In March.
New year, new translation. Shuckburgh’s translation of the letters is public domain, but is also old, and I Just Don’t Like It, so (unless something suddenly goes Very Wrong) I am now doing the translation and notes myself. I am very much not an expert on Cicero, and the notes are intended to be low-key. As always, if you know something interesting about a letter that isn’t in the notes, feel free to add it as a comment!
Thank you for reading :-)