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Cicero: On the Commonwealth and on the Laws by Marcus Tullius Cicero

By Marcus Tullius Cicero

Cicero's at the Commonwealth and at the legislation are his most crucial works of political philosophy. the current quantity deals a scholarly reconstruction of the fragments of at the Commonwealth and a masterly translation of either dialogues. The texts are supported by means of a worthy, concise creation, notes and different aids. scholars in politics, philosophy, historic historical past, legislations and classics will achieve a brand new realizing of this seminal philosopher because of Professor Zetzel's quantity.

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When prohibited from speaking to the assembly on the last day of his consulate by the tribune Metellus Nepos, C. instead swore an oath that he had saved the commonwealth  and the city; cf. Against Piso . See above, Book  fr. .  On the Commonwealth [] Who, moreover, can be convinced by this proviso, that they say that the wise man will take no part in public affairs unless the necessity of a crisis compels him? As if there could be any greater necessity than happened to me; but how could I have done anything if I had not been consul at the time?

Lactantius, Inst. : They do not seek utility but pleasure from philosophy, as Cicero attests: In fact, although all the writings of these people contain the richest sources for virtue and knowledge, if they are compared to the actions and accomplishments of the others I am afraid that they seem to have brought less utility to men’s activities than enjoyment to their leisure.  [fr. f ]. Nor would Carthage have had so much wealth for nearly six hundred years without judgment and education. ) [] :If they had not preferred virtue to pleasure .

But as I said, if things had worked out differently, how could I complain? Nothing unforeseen happened to me, nothing worse than I expected considering how much I had done. I had always been the sort of person who could achieve greater rewards from my leisure than other people because of the varied delights of the studies in which I had immersed myself from childhood; and if something painful happened to everyone, then my misfortune would be no greater than that of others. Even so, I did not hesitate to subject myself to the greatest tempests, even thunderbolts, of fate for the sake of saving my fellow citizens and for creating through my own individual dangers a peace shared by all.

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