Cicero, De Natura Deorum Libri Tres: With Introduction and Commentary

Cicero, De Natura Deorum Libri Tres: With Introduction and Commentary

Paperback Cambridge Library Collection: Classics Language: Latin

Edited by Joseph B. Mayor, Edited by J.H. Swainson


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  • Format: Paperback | 344 pages
  • Language: Latin
  • Dimensions: 142mm x 213mm x 23mm | 454g
  • Publication date: 20 May 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge
  • ISBN 10: 1108010997
  • ISBN 13: 9781108010993
  • Edition: 1, Annotated
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 1,795,900

Product description

First published between 1880 and 1885, Joseph B. Mayor's three-volume edition of De Natura Deorum places Cicero's speculative theological dialogue in the context of the arguments of the Epicureans, the Stoics, the Academics, and their predecessors. This volume presents Cicero's Book 3, which takes up questions of Roman divination, worship, and mythology and ponders the relationship of philosophy to superstition. Is it possible, as Mayor asks, to 'unite reason and religion'? With this provocative question at its heart, the last book of Cicero's theological debate demonstrates its author's wit and imagination, as he evaluates not just the divisions among the Roman philosophical schools but the very grounds of divine existence. Containing a detailed textual commentary, a collation of manuscripts, and a substantial introduction to the three volumes as a whole, Mayor's book is still valuable today as a clear presentation of Cicero's complex philosophical project.

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Table of contents

Preface; Introduction; Addenda and corrigenda; Text of Book III; Collations of English MSS.; Commentary; Appendix; Index.