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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 crucial 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 by way of a valuable, concise creation, notes and different aids. scholars in politics, philosophy, old background, legislations and classics will achieve a brand new knowing of this seminal philosopher due to Professor Zetzel's quantity.

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I don’t know, Africanus, why people say that Socrates rejected all discussions of this kind and was concerned only with human life and morality. Plato is the fullest source we have about him, and in his books Socrates frequently speaks in such a manner that when he discusses morals, virtues, and even public life he seeks to link them in the manner of Pythagoras with numbers and geometry and harmony.    : True enough; but I’m sure that you have heard, Tubero, that after Socrates’ death Plato traveled first to Egypt for the sake of study, then to Italy and Sicily to learn the discoveries of Pythagoras; and that he spent a great deal of time with Archytas of Tarentum and Timaeus of Locri, and purchased the papers of Philolaus; and that since at that time Pythagoras had a great reputation in that region, he devoted himself to the Pythagoreans and their studies.

Particularly (for Cicero) the chapters by T. P. Wiseman on the period –. The most influential and eloquent modern treatment of the end of the Republic is R. Syme, The Roman Revolution (Oxford, ); also admirable are the various studies by P. A. Brunt, including Social Conflicts in the Roman Republic (London, ) and the articles collected in The Fall of the Roman Republic and Related Essays (Oxford, ). For the actual workxxxi Bibliography ings of Roman civic life, there is also the detailed study by C.

Cambridge, ). The religious laws of Book  are closely related to Cicero’s discussions of Roman religion in On the Nature of the Gods and On Divination; two useful introductions to various aspects of these texts are P. Brunt, ‘‘Philosophy and Religion in the Later Republic,’’ in Philosophia Togata, and J. Linderski, ‘‘Cicero and Roman Divination,’’ Parola del Passato  (), –. xxxv Text and Translation The translation of On the Commonwealth is based on C. ), M. , Leipzig, ), and (for the continuous portions of the palimpsest and the Dream of Scipio) J.

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