How to Run a Country: An Ancient Guide for Modern Leaders by Marcus Tullius CiceroHow to Run a Country: An Ancient Guide for Modern Leaders by Marcus Tullius Cicero

How to Run a Country: An Ancient Guide for Modern Leaders

byMarcus Tullius CiceroTranslated byPhilip Freeman

Hardcover | January 22, 2013

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Marcus Cicero, Rome's greatest statesman and orator, was elected to the Roman Republic's highest office at a time when his beloved country was threatened by power-hungry politicians, dire economic troubles, foreign turmoil, and political parties that refused to work together. Sound familiar? Cicero's letters, speeches, and other writings are filled with timeless wisdom and practical insight about how to solve these and other problems of leadership and politics. How to Run a Country collects the best of these writings to provide an entertaining, common sense guide for modern leaders and citizens. This brief book, a sequel toHow to Win an Election, gathers Cicero's most perceptive thoughts on topics such as leadership, corruption, the balance of power, taxes, war, immigration, and the importance of compromise. These writings have influenced great leaders--including America's Founding Fathers--for two thousand years, and they are just as instructive today as when they were first written.

Organized by topic and featuring lively new translations, the book also includes an introduction, headnotes, a glossary, suggestions for further reading, and an appendix containing the original Latin texts. The result is an enlightening introduction to some of the most enduring political wisdom of all time.

Philip Freemanis the editor and translator ofHow to Win an Election: An Ancient Guide for Modern Politicians(Princeton) and the author ofOh My Gods: A Modern Retelling of Greek and Roman Myths,Alexander the Great, andJulius Caesar(all Simon & Schuster). He received his PhD from Harvard University and holds the Qualley Chair of Classica...
Title:How to Run a Country: An Ancient Guide for Modern LeadersFormat:HardcoverDimensions:152 pagesPublished:January 22, 2013Publisher:Princeton University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0691156573

ISBN - 13:9780691156576


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Short, concise, could be better The book can be read in 30 minutes, but those 30 minutes could better be spent elsewhere. Cicero certainly does not jump off the page at you. Granted, even Gibbon doesn't do the statesman justice.
Date published: 2017-12-15

Table of Contents


How to Run a Country 1

  • Natural Law1

  • Balance of Power4

  • Leadership6

  • Friends and Enemies16

  • Persuasion24

  • Compromise30

  • Money and Power36

  • Immigration43

  • War46

  • Corruption49

  • Tyranny56

  • Cicero's Epilogue: The Fallen State66

Latin Texts 68

Passages Translated115


Further Reading131

Editorial Reviews

"Cicero's words live forever. In these carefully chosen and well-translated selections on leadership, classicist Philip Freeman offers an astute introduction to one of history's noblest minds."-Barry Strauss, author of Masters of Command: Alexander, Hannibal, Caesar, and the Genius of Leadership