Moriah cooper explains the events and political intrigue of the trial of sextus roscius in ancient rome. Cicero himself in this speech calls this trial the first public, that is criminal cause in which he was engaged and many critics consider it an earlier speech than the preceding one for quinctius the case was this: the father of sextus roscius had been slain during the proscriptions of sulla, and.
Sextus roscius was accused of patricide (killing your father) this was the worst crime to commit in rome and was punsihable by death. The speech pro roscio amerino was given by marcus tullius cicero on behalf of roscius of ameria roscius was accused of murdering his father the speech was given by cicero in 80 bc.
In defense of sextus roscius of ameria some facts about the trial & speech (80 bc) 1) the speech we are reading is the one actually delivered by cicero, one of rome’s most famous orators (ie lawyers.
The trial is dramatized in the bbc documentary series timewatch in the episode murder in rome featuring mark mcgann as sextus roscius big finish productions adapted the trial of sextus roscius in cicero by david llewellyn.
But this would prove to be a murder trial for the ages, because the man who took up the defense of roscius was a young man who would become the greatest lawyer in the history of rome: marcus tullius cicero.