Cicero de Finibus Bonorum et Malorum

Cicero de Finibus Bonorum et Malorum : Libri Quinque


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Cicero's De finibus, written in 45 BC, consists of three separate dialogues, dealing respectively with the ethical systems of Epicureanism, Stoicism, and the 'Old Academy' of Antiochus of Ascalon. An encyclopaedic survey of this nature is of particular importance for its detailed account of Stoic ethics. This critical edition of the text, based on a fresh study and collation of the manuscripts, is the first to appear for many years and the first to reflect a clear understanding of the whole manuscript tradition. It will be the second in a series of editions of Cicero's philosophical works; the first volume, the De officiis, edited by Michael Winterbottom, appeared in 1994.

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Product details

  • Hardback | 260 pages
  • 166.9 x 231.9 x 28.2mm | 343.38g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Clarendon Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • 0198146701
  • 9780198146704
  • 660,350

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After the late Mr Reynolds's editions of Seneca (Letters and Dialogues) and Sallust in the Oxford series, the merits of this one come as no surprise ... technically flawless, lucid, economical, carefully researched, judiciously selective, but reasonably hospitable. D.R.Shackleton Bailey, The Classical Review, Vol.51, No.1, 2001 user-friendly page layout. Andrew M. Riggsby, Religious Studies Review, Vol.26, No.3. Finally we have from the pen of the late L.D. Reynolds... a critical edition to take its place on our shelves as a fully worthy companion beside Madvig's commentary... The chief of R.'s improvements is to the stemma... R.'s Fin. is the second volume in a projected complete edition for OCT of Cicero's philosophical corpus. One point shared with its series predecessor M. Winterbottom's De Officiis, is clarity of layout, whereby the needed information is set before the reader without the clutter of the dubiously relevant. Andrew R. Dyck, BMCR

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