On Living and Dying Well

ISBN-10: 0140455566

ISBN-13: 9780140455564

Edition: 2012

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Description: In the first century BC, Marcus Tullius Cicero, orator, statesman, and defender of republican values, created these philosophical treatises on such diverse topics as friendship, religion, death, fate and scientific inquiry. A pragmatist at heart, Cicero's philosophies were frequently personal and ethical, drawn not from abstract reasoning but through careful observation of the world. The resulting works remind us of the importance of social ties, the questions of free will, and the justification of any creative endeavour.This lively, lucid new translation from Thomas Habinek, editor of Classical Antiquity and the Classics and Contemporary Thought book series, makes Cicero's influential ideas accessible to every reader.

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List price: $21.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/27/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 216
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

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.

Chronology
Introduction: Why Does Cicero's Philosophy Matter?
Further Reading
Philosophy at Rome: On the Ultimate Good and Evil, or On Ends, 1.1-12
Against Fear of Death: Tusculan Disputations, Book 1 (Entire)
The Divinity of the Universe: On the Nature of the Gods 2.18-44
Wisdom Across the Ages: Tusculan Disputations 5.5-11
Philosophy and Oppression: On Divination 2.1-7
Friendship: Laelius, or On Friendship (Entire)
On Duties, or Life in Accordance with Human Nature: On Duties, Book 1 (Entire)
Death and Burial of Cicero: Selections from ancient authors
Cicero's Life, by Siobh�n McElduff
Maps
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