On The Good Life by Marcus Tullius Cicero

On The Good Life

byMarcus Tullius CiceroTranslated byMichael GrantIntroduction byMichael Grant

Paperback | September 30, 1971

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For the great Roman orator and statesman Cicero, 'the good life' was at once a life of contentment and one of moral virtue - and the two were inescapably intertwined. This volume brings together a wide range of his reflections upon the importance of moral integrity in the search for happiness. In essays that are articulate, meditative and inspirational, Cicero presents his views upon the significance of friendship and duty to state and family, and outlines a clear system of practical ethics that is at once simple and universal. These works offer a timeless reflection upon the human condition, and a fascinating insight into the mind of one of the greatest thinkers of Ancient Rome.

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Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 BC) was born at Arpinium to a wealthy local family. By 70 BC he had established himself as the leading barrister in Rome, and begun his political career. His ambition was such that he was able to receive honours usually only given to members of the Roman aristocracy. Michael Grant has successively been ...

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Title:On The Good LifeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 7.79 × 5.07 × 0.69 inPublished:September 30, 1971Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0140442448

ISBN - 13:9780140442441

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18

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Table of Contents

List of Greek and Latin Terms

1. Discussions at Tusculum (V)
2. On Duties (II)
3. Laelius: On Friendship
4. On the Orator (I)
5. The Dream of Scipio

I. The Philosophical Works of Cicero
II. The Rhetorical Works of Cicero
III. Principal Dates
IV. Some Books about Cicero
Genealogical Tables

From Our Editors

 Renowned throughout the Roman Empire, Cicero remains synonymous with lucidity, charm and persuasiveness. With minimum dogma, he exerted a profound influence, extending as far as the Middle Ages where his perceptions of the afterlife, such as celestial harmony and the ‘nine enfolded spheres’ reverberated through the works of Milton, Shakespeare, and Spenser. On The Good Life brings together Cicero’s thoughts on duty, friendship, and statesmanship and includes The Dream of Scipio.