By Andrew R. Dyck
Towards the tip of the final century Cicero's paintings got here below assault from numerous angles. His political stance used to be sharply criticized for inconsistency by means of Theodor Mommsen and others, his philosophical works for loss of originality. given that then students have come to a greater knowing of the political stipulations that expert the perspectives of Mommsen and his contemporaries approximately Caesar and Cicero, and hence Cicero's writings were restored to a extra applicable place within the literature and historical past of the Roman Republic. even as fresh years have noticeable a thorough examine of Hellenistic philosophy, and this has proven extra essentially than earlier than that, even whereas following Greek types, Cicero still pursued his personal political and, within the moral works, moralistic agenda.
Composed in haste presently ahead of Cicero's dying, de Officiis has exercised huge, immense effect over the centuries. it's all the extra unbelievable that Andrew R. Dyck's quantity is the 1st specified English remark at the paintings written during this century. It bargains with the issues of the Latin textual content (taking account of Michael Winterbottom's new edition), it delineates the work's constitution and occasionally elusive teach of suggestion, clarifies the underlying Greek and Latin techniques, and offers beginning issues for coming near near the philosophical and old difficulties that de Officiis raises.
A paintings of significant value for classicists, philosophers, and historic historians, this remark should be a useful significant other to all readers of Cicero's final philosophical work.
Andrew R. Dyck is Professor of Classics, college of California, Los Angeles.
Publication of this quantity is supported by means of a provide from the nationwide Endowment for the arts.
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80), occasional attempts to in volve Marcus jr. in the discussion as if it were a dialogue (cf. 121). 78). The intimate tone reappears when Cicero uses his son as an example of the fact that military service is a promising road by which young men can win glory. Like some other examples in the essay, this one misfires, however, since, though young Marcus was put in command of a wing of cavalry at Pharsalia,32 his glory, as Cicero phrases it, collapsed along with the free commonwealth. 45;cf. J ^ / O C ) .
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Most of his literary projects of these years aimed to secure the allegiance of one of the leading members of the younger genera tion, M. Brutus; hence the dedication to him of Brutus, Paradoxa Stoicorum, and Orator in 46 and de Finibus, Tusculanae Disputationes, and de Natura Deorum in 45; cf. Rathofer. 29 Another member of the younger generation, C. Trebatius Testa, received the dedication of the Topica. Interspersed were dedications of a few works to members of his own generation, the second edition of the Academici libri to Varro, to whom he owed a dedication (Att.
A Commentary on Cicero, De Officiis by Andrew R. Dyck