New PDF release: A Commentary on Cicero, De Officiis

By Andrew R. Dyck

ISBN-10: 0472107194

ISBN-13: 9780472107193

Towards the tip of the final century Cicero's paintings got here below assault from a number of 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. seeing that then students have come to a greater knowing of the political stipulations that trained 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 visible a radical examine of Hellenistic philosophy, and this has proven extra essentially than ahead of that, even whereas following Greek versions, Cicero still pursued his personal political and, within the moral works, moralistic agenda.
Composed in haste presently prior to Cicero's dying, de Officiis has exercised huge, immense impact over the centuries. it's all the extra incredible that Andrew R. Dyck's quantity is the 1st specific English statement 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 educate of suggestion, clarifies the underlying Greek and Latin recommendations, and gives beginning issues for drawing close the philosophical and old difficulties that de Officiis raises.
A paintings of significant value for classicists, philosophers, and historical historians, this statement may be a useful spouse to all readers of Cicero's final philosophical work.
Andrew R. Dyck is Professor of Classics, collage of California, Los Angeles.
Publication of this quantity is supported by way of a provide from the nationwide Endowment for the arts.

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The increasingly somber meditation on otium in the last two proems, which betray the elder Cicero's growing impa­ tience to return to the political arena, could hardly have been addressed to anyone else except Attic us himself. 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.

23. Pace E. Ciaceri, Cicerone e i suoi tempi, 2 (Genoa, Rome, Naples, Citta di Castcllo, 1941), 369, who surmises that Cicero returned to Off. in summer, 43, but offers no supporting textual or other evidence. On the date of composition cf. , Markus Tullius Cicero, De officiis (Limburg-Lahn, 1951), 7-8; M. ; Gelzer, 357. 24. v. "Cicero, M. ^ csp. 23-29. 25. 31. 10 A Commentary on Cicero, De Qfficiis interruptions in order to work on Off. at all; note the remark in the letter first announcing the project: ego autem in Pompeianum properabam, non quo hoc loco quicquam pulchrius, sed interpellatores illic minus molesti (Att.

2 vols. Got­ tingen, 1959-64. , ed. Cicero the Philosopher: Twelve Papers. Oxford, 1995. , ed. Cicero, I Melius, On Friendship, and The Dream of Scipio. Warminster, 1990. , ed. Cicero, Giro maior de Senectute. Cambridge, 1988. Puhle, Annekatrin. Persona. Zur Ethik des Pan­ aitios. Frankfurt am Main, 1987. Works Cited by Author Rathofer Rawson RE Reid ad Luc. Reinhardt, 1885 Reinhardt, 1893 Reiter Ribbeck Rich Richardson Rickman Riginos Rist Roloff Rosenstein, 1986 xxxv Rathofer, Clemens. Ciceros "Brutus" als literarisches Paradigma eines Auctoritas-Verhaltnisses.

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