Many of the words uttered by Cicero in his various speeches throughout the book are actually taken from the real speeches of Cicero. These real speeches can offer a fascinating (and very wordy – Cicero certainly enjoyed talking!) accompaniment to the world and characters of Imperium. For example, here is how the real Cicero opened this speech:
“at this grave crisis in the history of our country, you have been offered a particularly desirable gift, a gift almost too opportune to be of human origin: it almost seems heaven-sent. For you have been given a unique chance to make your Senatorial Order less unpopular, and to set right the damaged reputation of these courts.”
(Cicero, Against Verres 1, trans. Michael Grant (1971) Cicero: Selected Works. Penguin Classics)
Some of Cicero’s orations can be found online, including his prosecution speech against Verres. Read it here.