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Why poets are needed (Cicero, Pro Archia)

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Cicero defends the poet Archias against the charge that he was not a Roman citizen, and in the process tells the jury why, in his view, poetry is valuable to the state and why the name of poet is revered (sanctum). The speech was originally given in 62 B.C.

Latin text of the speech, with English and French translations, from Forum Romanum

Analysis of the speech with some notes on the Latin, from an unidentified source

Part 1: intro. and sections 1-5 of the speech 

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Part 2: sections 6-10 of the speech 

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Part 3: sections 11-14 of the speech 

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Part 4: sections 15-20 of the speech 

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Part 5: sections 21-24 of the speech 

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Part 6: sections 25-29 of the speech 

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Part 7: sections 30-32 of the speech (conclusion) 

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