Margaret Graver's elegant and idiomatic translation makes Cicero's work accessible not just to classicists but to anyone interested in ancient philosophy and psychotherapy or in the philosophy of emotion. The accompanying commentary explains the philosophical concepts discussed in the text and supplies many helpful parallels from Greek sources.
* Beautifully illustrated with images relating to Cicero's life and works
* Features the complete works of Cicero, in both English translation and the original Latin
* Concise introductions to the orations, treatises and other works
* The complete speeches, with rare fragments, arranged in precise chronological order
* Includes many translations previously appearing in Loeb Classical Library editions of Cicero’s works
* Excellent formatting of the texts
* Easily locate the orations or treatises you want to read with individual contents tables
* Includes rare fragments of Cicero's epic poem, first time in digital print
* Many rare treatises appearing here for the first time in digital print
* Features four biographies – immerse yourself in Cicero's ancient world!
* Scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres
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PRO ROSCIO AMERINO
PRO Q. ROSCIO COMOEDO
DIVINATIO IN CAECILIUM
PRO LEGE MANILIA
IN TOGA CANDIDA
PRO RABIRIO PERDUELLIONIS REO
IN CATILINAM I-IV
DE LEGE AGRARIA CONTRA RULLUM
PRO ARCHIA POETA)
POST REDITUM IN SENATU
POST REDITUM IN QUIRITES
DE HARUSPICUM RESPONSIS
DE DOMO SUA
IN VATINIUM TESTEM
DE PROVINCIIS CONSULARIBUS
PRO RABIRIO POSTUMO
PRO REGE DEIOTARO
FRAGMENTS OF SPEECHES
Rhetorical and Political Treatises
DE INVENTIONE (About the Composition of Arguments)
DE ORATORE AD QUINTUM FRATREM LIBRI TRES (On the Orator)
DE PARTITIONIBUS ORATORIAE (About the Subdivisions of Oratory)
DE OPTIMO GENERE ORATORUM (About the Best Kind of Orators)
DE RE PUBLICA (On the Republic)
BRUTUS (Short History of Orators)
ORATOR AD M. BRUTUM (About the Orator)
TOPICA (Topics of Argumentation)
DE LEGIBUS (On the Laws)
PARADOXA STOICORUM (Stoic Paradoxes)
ACADEMICA (The Academics)
DE FINIBUS BONORUM ET MALORUM (About the Ends of Goods and Evils)
TUSCULANAE QUAESTIONES (Tusculum Disputations)
DE NATURA DEORUM (On the Nature of the Gods)
DE DIVINATIONE (On Divination)
DE FATO (On Fate)
CATO MAIOR DE SENECTUTE (On Old Age)
LAELIUS DE AMICITIA (On Friendship)
DE OFFICIIS (On Duties)
EPISTULAE AD ATTICUM (Letters to Atticus)
EPISTULAE AD QUINTUM FRATREM (Letters to his brother Quintus)
EPISTULAE AD BRUTUM (Letters to Brutus)
EPISTULAE AD FAMILIARES (Letters to his friends)
DE CONSULATU SUO (On Cicero’s Consulship)
RHETORICA AD HERENNIUM (To the Tribune Publius Sulpicius Rufus)
COMMENTARIOLUM PETITIONIS (Essay on Running for Consul)
The Latin Texts
LIST OF LATIN TEXTS
CICERO by Plutarch
LIFE OF CICERO by Anthony Trollope
CICERO by W. Lucas Collins
ROMAN LIFE IN THE DAYS OF CICERO by Alfred John Church
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Filled with timeless wisdom and practical guidance, Cicero's brief, charming classic—written in 44 BC and originally titled On Old Age—has delighted and inspired readers, from Saint Augustine to Thomas Jefferson, for more than two thousand years. Presented here in a lively new translation with an informative new introduction and the original Latin on facing pages, the book directly addresses the greatest fears of growing older and persuasively argues why these worries are greatly exaggerated—or altogether mistaken.
Montaigne said Cicero's book "gives one an appetite for growing old." The American founding father John Adams read it repeatedly in his later years. And today its lessons are more relevant than ever in a world obsessed with the futile pursuit of youth.
The Loeb Classical Library edition of Cicero is in twenty-nine volumes.
Organized by topic and featuring lively new translations, the book also includes an introduction, headnotes, a glossary, suggestions for further reading, and an appendix containing the original Latin texts. The result is an enlightening introduction to some of the most enduring political wisdom of all time.
How to Win an Argument addresses proof based on rational argumentation, character, and emotion; the parts of a speech; the plain, middle, and grand styles; how to persuade no matter what audience or circumstances you face; and more. Cicero’s words are presented in lively translations, with illuminating introductions; the book also features a brief biography of Cicero, a glossary, suggestions for further reading, and an appendix of the original Latin texts.
Astonishingly relevant, this unique anthology of Cicero’s rhetorical and oratorical wisdom will be enjoyed by anyone who ever needs to win arguments and influence people—in other words, all of us.
On the Republic features a defense of politics against those who advocated abstinence from public affairs. It defends a mixed constitution, the actual arrangement of offices in the Roman Republic, against simple forms of government. The Republic also supplies material for students of Roman history—as does On the Laws. The Laws, moreover, presents the results of Cicero's reflections as to how the republic needed to change in order not only to survive but also to promote justice
David Fott’s vigorous yet elegant English translation is faithful to the originals. It is the first to appear since publication of the latest critical edition of the Latin texts. This book contains an introduction that both places Cicero in his historical context and explicates the timeless philosophical issues that he treats. The volume also provides a chronology of Cicero’s life, outlines of the two works, and indexes of personal names and important terms.
In the de Officiis we have, save for the latter Philippics, the great orator's last contribution to literature. The last, sad, troubled years of his busy life could not be given to his profession; and he turned his never-resting thoughts to the second love of his student days and made Greek philosophy a possibility for Roman readers. The senate had been abolished; the courts had been closed. His occupation was gone; but Cicero could not surrender himself to idleness. In those days of distraction (46-43 b.c.) he produced for publication almost as much as in all his years of active life.
The liberators had been able to remove the tyrant, but they could not restore the republic. Cicero's own life was in danger from the fury of mad Antony and he left Rome about the end of March, 44 b.c. He dared not even stop permanently in any one of his various country estates, but, wretched, wandered from one of his villas to another nearly all the summer and autumn through. He would not suffer himself to become a prey to his overwhelming sorrow at the death of the republic and the final crushing of the hopes that had risen with Caesar's downfall, but worked at the highest tension on his philosophical studies.
The Romans were not philosophical. In 161 b.c. the senate passed a decree excluding all philosophers and teachers of rhetoric from the city. They had no taste for philosophical speculation, in which the Greeks were the world's masters. They were intensely, narrowly practical. And Cicero was thoroughly Roman. As a student in a Greek university he had had to study philosophy. His mind was broad enough and his soul great enough to give him a joy in following after the mighty masters, Socrates, Plato, Zeno, Cleanthes, Aristotle, Theophrastus, and the rest. But he pursued his study of it, like a Roman, from a "practical" motive—to promote thereby his power as an orator and to augment his success and happiness in life. To him the goal of philosophy was not primarily to know but to do. Its end was to point out the course of conduct that would lead to success and happiness. The only side of philosophy, therefore, that could make much appeal to the Roman mind was ethics; pure science could have little meaning for the practical Roman; metaphysics might supplement ethics and religion, without which true happiness was felt to be impossible.
Philosophical study had its place, therefore, and the most important department of philosophy was ethics. The treatise on Moral Duties has the very practical purpose of giving a practical discussion of the basic principles of Moral Duty and practical rules for personal conduct.
As a philosopher, if we may so stretch the term as to include him, Cicero avows himself an adherent of the New Academy and a disciple of Carneades. He had tried Epicureanism under Phaedrus and Zeno, Stoicism under Diodotus and Posidonius; but Philo of Larissa converted him to the New Academy.
Scepticism declared the attainment of absolute knowledge impossible. But there is the easily obtainable golden mean of the probable; and that appealed to the practical Roman. It appealed especially to Cicero; and the same indecision that had been his bane in political life naturally led him first to scepticism, then to eclecticism, where his choice is dictated by his bias for the practical and his scepticism itself disappears from view. And while Antiochus, the eclectic Academician of Athens, and Posidonius, the eclectic Stoic of Rhodes, seem to have had the strongest influence upon him, he draws at his own discretion from the founts of Stoics, Peripatetics, and Academicians alike; he has only contempt for the Epicureans, Cynics, and Cyrenaics. But the more he studied and lived, the more of a Stoic in ethics he became.
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