Cicero: De re publica: Selections: Selections

Cicero: De re publica: Selections: Selections

Paperback Cambridge Greek & Latin Classics Language: English / Latin

By (author) Marcus Tullius Cicero, Edited by James E. G. Zetzel, Series edited by P. E. Easterling, Series edited by Philip Hardie, Series edited by Richard Hunter, Series edited by E. J. Kenney


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  • Format: Paperback | 284 pages
  • Language: English / Latin
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 198mm x 22mm | 340g
  • Publication date: 23 November 2002
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge
  • ISBN 10: 052134896X
  • ISBN 13: 9780521348966
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 1,064,449

Product description

Cicero's De re publica contains the fullest ancient account of the theory of the mixed constitution and the oldest extant narrative of early Roman history; it concludes with the Dream of Scipio, one of the most influential ancient visions of the afterlife. The argument of the dialogue concerns the relationship between political theory and practice, and between social institutions and the individual citizen. This edition of most of the surviving portions of De re publica is the most detailed commentary ever to appear in English. It explains Cicero's philosophical argument and its relationship to his account of early Rome, and thoroughly elucidates the language and style of the treatise. The introduction offers a new and provocative interpretation of Cicero's dialogue as a work both of literature and of political philosophy.

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"Invaluable for students of Roman philosophy and political theory who read De Re Publica in Latin." Religious Studies Review

Table of contents

Introduction: 1. Context; 2. Composition, setting, form; 3. Argument, structure, sources; 4. Style; 5. Text; M. TVLLI CICERONIS DE RE PVBLICA LIBRI; Commentary.