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    The Nature of the Gods (Penguin Classics) (Paperback)(English / Latin) By (author) Marcus Tullius Cicero, Introduction by J. Ross, Translated by Horace C. P. McGregor

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    DescriptionTowards the end of his life, Cicero turned away from his oratorical and political career and looked instead to matters of philosophy and religion. The dialogue The Nature of the Gods both explores his own views on these subjects, as a monotheist and member of the Academic School, and considers the opinion of other philosophical schools of the Hellenistic age through the figures of Velleius the Epicurean and Balbus the Stoic. Eloquent, clearly argued and surprisingly modern, it focuses upon a series of fundamental religious questions including: is there a God? If so, does he answer prayers, or intervene in human affairs? Does he know the future? Does morality need the support of religion? Profoundly influential on later thinkers, such as Saint Augustine and Thomas Aquinas, this is a fascinating consideration of fundamental issues of faith and philosophical thought.

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    The Nature of the Gods
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    By (author) Marcus Tullius Cicero, Introduction by J. Ross, Translated by Horace C. P. McGregor
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    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 288
    Width: 124 mm
    Height: 196 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 181 g
    ISBN 13: 9780140442656
    ISBN 10: 0140442650

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    Revised ed.
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    01 February 1985
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    Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 BC), Roman orator and statesman, was born at Arpinum of a wealthy local family. By 70 BC he had established himself as the leading barrister in Rome, and was elected praetor in the year 66. Obtaining honours usually reserved for members of the aristocracy, Cicero was an uncompromising politician, and the greatest Roman orator. Horace C. P. McGregor graduated from Brasenose College, Oxford, in classics and philosophy. He entered the Home Office where he served until his retirement in 1967. He died in 1993. John M. Ross was a colleague of McGregor's, also with a degree in classics and philosophy.