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On the Good Life

ISBN-10: 0140442448
ISBN-13: 9780140442441
Edition: 1971
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Description: For the great Roman orator and statesman Cicero (106 - 43 BC), 'the good life' was at once a life of contentment and one of moral virtue - and the two were inescapably intertwined. This volume brings together a wide range of his reflections on the  More...

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Book details

List price: $17.00
Copyright year: 1971
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 9/30/1971
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

For the great Roman orator and statesman Cicero (106 - 43 BC), 'the good life' was at once a life of contentment and one of moral virtue - and the two were inescapably intertwined. This volume brings together a wide range of his reflections on the importance of moral integrity in the search for happiness. In essays that are articulate, meditative and inspirational, Cicero presents his views on the significance of friendship and duty to state and family, and outlines a clear system of practical ethics that is both simple and universal. These works offer a timeless reflection on the human condition, and a fascinating insight into the mind of one of the greatest thinkers of ancient Rome. Michael Grant's translation fully conveys the eloquence of the original works, while his illuminating introduction discusses Cicero's life and times, and the philosophical schools of thought that influenced him. This edition also includes appendices detailing the further writing of Cicero, genealogical - tables, maps and an index.

Born in Arpinum on January 3, 106 B.C., Marcus Tullius Cicero was a Roman orator, writer, and politician. In Rome, Cicero studied law, oratory, philosophy, and literature, before embarking on a political career. Banished from Rome in 59 B.C. for the execution of some members of the Catiline group, Cicero devoted himself to literature. Cicero was pardoned by Julius Caesar in 47 B.C., and returned to Rome to deliver his famous speeches, known as the "Philippics," urging the senate to declare war on Marc Antony. Cicero's chief works, written between 46 and 44 B.C., can be classified in the categories of philosophical works, letters, and speeches. The letters, edited by his secretary Tiro, showcase a unique writing style and charm. The most popular work of the period was De Officiis, a manual of ethics, in which Cicero espoused fundamental Christian values half a century before Christ. Cicero was murdered in Formiae, Italy, on December 4, 43 B.C., by Antony's soldiers after the triumvirate of Antony, Lepidus, and Octavius was formed.

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