This volume contains several speeches by the Roman philosopher and politician Cicero (106–43 BC). Cicero was hugely popular in the Renaissance and his style was seen as the model for all serious prose writers.
Two sphinxes hold up heraldic arms, now painted over, but probably once identifying the Erizzo family of Venice. Several initials with illustrations adorn the text, as well as initials of gold on a foliate background, as seen here.
- Article by:
- Andrew Macdonald-Brown
- Satire and humour, Language and ideas
Writers and craftsmen including Alexander Pope, John Dryden, Jonathan Swift and Josiah Wedgwood found inspiration in the classical period. Andrew Macdonald-Brown explores how their works adopted the style, genres, aesthetic values and subjects of Greek and Roman writers.