Marcus Tullius Cicero: Epistulae ad Atticum [Letters to Atticus]

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  • François Prost (Université de Paris IV Sorbonne)

[N.B.: Cicero’s Letters to Atticus are referred to with the abbreviation ‘Att.’, followed by book number and letter number within that book according to the traditional numeration; quotations are from Shackleton Bailey’s translation in his Loeb edition (see below).

The addressee

Titus Pomponius, also named Quintus Caecilius Pomponianus after having been adopted by his rich uncle in his will and made heir in 58 (see Att. 3, 20), was Cicero’s lifelong best and most intimate friend. He was a lover of Greek culture and lived 20 years in Athens (from 85 to 65 B.C., hence his nickname ‘Atticus’) and hereafter resided for long stays in Epirus, where he owned a huge property.

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Prost, François. "Epistulae ad Atticum". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 31 August 2012
[, accessed 25 September 2016.]