Cicero: On the Commonwealth and On the Laws (Cambridge Texts by Marcus Tullius Cicero

By Marcus Tullius Cicero

Cicero's at the Commonwealth and at the legislation are his most vital works of political philosophy. the current quantity bargains a scholarly reconstruction of the fragments of at the Commonwealth and a masterly translation of either dialogues. The texts are supported via a precious, concise creation, notes and different aids. scholars in politics, philosophy, old historical past, legislation and classics will achieve a brand new knowing of this seminal philosopher because of Professor Zetzel's quantity.

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How I wish our friend Panaetius were here! He conducts the most scholarly research into the heavens as well as everything else. But, Tubero, to give you my honest opinion, I don’t completely agree with our friend in this sort of thing: he makes such definite statements about things the nature of which we can scarcely guess, that he seems to see them with his eyes or even touch them with his hands. I am inclined to think Socrates all the wiser for having given up all concerns of this sort and for saying that research into natural philosophy seeks either things greater than human understanding can follow or things that have nothing at all to do with human existence.

There is a valuable translation of Hellenistic philosophical texts in A. A. Long and D. Sedley, The Hellenistic Philosophers vol.  (Cambridge, ); the Greek text appears in vol. . There is a careful and well-annotated translation of Macrobius’ Commentary on the Dream of Scipio by W. H. Stahl (New York, ). Of great importance for the historical and philosophical background to On the Commonwealth is the Histories of Polybius, particularly Book  (constitutional theory and early Roman history) and Book  (his conversations with Scipio Aemilianus); aside from the Loeb edition, there is a good translation by E.

Fr. b]. Pliny, Natural History, praef. : Cicero is honest: in On the Commonwealth he announces that he is Plato’s companion.  [fr. c]. Pliny, Natural History, praef. : There is also a kind of public rejection of the learned. ’’ If Lucilius, the creator of verbal wit, thought that he had to speak this way, and Cicero thought that he had to borrow it, especially when     More than half the preface is lost; the few extant fragments show that C. discussed the obligation to serve one’s country, referred to Plato’s Republic as his model, and emphasized the greater importance of experience and action than of philosophical expertise both in general and in the dialogue itself.

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