How to Grieve: An Ancient Guide to the Lost Art of Consolation Audiobook, by Marcus Tullius Cicero Play Audiobook Sample

How to Grieve: An Ancient Guide to the Lost Art of Consolation Audiobook

How to Grieve: An Ancient Guide to the Lost Art of Consolation Audiobook, by Marcus Tullius Cicero Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Gareth Richards Publisher: Highbridge Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 1.83 hours at 1.5x Speed 1.38 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: October 2022 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781696609548

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30:50 minutes

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04:45 minutes

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17:04 minutes

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An engaging new translation of a timeless masterpiece about coping with the death of a loved one

In 45 BCE, the Roman statesman Cicero fell to pieces when his beloved daughter, Tullia, died from complications of childbirth. But from the depths of despair, Cicero fought his way back. In an effort to cope with his loss, he wrote a consolation speech—not for others, as had always been done, but for himself. And it worked. Cicero's Consolation was something new in literature, equal parts philosophy and motivational speech. Drawing on the full range of Greek philosophy and Roman history, Cicero convinced himself that death and loss are part of life, and that if others have survived them, we can, too; resilience, endurance, and fortitude are the way forward.

Lost in antiquity, Cicero's Consolation was recreated in the Renaissance from hints in Cicero's other writings and the Greek and Latin consolatory tradition. The resulting masterpiece—translated here for the first time in 250 years—is infused throughout with Cicero's thought and spirit.

Complete with an inviting introduction, Michael Fontaine's engaging translation makes this searching exploration of grief available to readers once again.

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“This edition is a testimony to Michael Fontaine’s philological craftsmanship, and choosing to acquaint a wider audience with this captivating text is almost a stroke of genius.”

— Boris Dunsch, Philipps University of Marburg 

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About Marcus Tullius Cicero

Marcus Tullius Cicero (106–43 BC), commonly known as Cicero, was a Roman statesman, philosopher, orator, and lawyer. Born into an aristocratic family, he studied law and served a term as consul in 63 BC. Following the assassination of Caesar in 44 BC, to which he was a witness, he argued in front of the senate for the restoration of the republic but was unsuccessful. In 43 BC, he was murdered on the orders of Mark Antony. Cicero’s works include philosophic writings, speeches made as a lawyer and a senator, and letters.