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Roman statesman and philosopher Marcus Tullius Cicero wrote on a wide range of subjects, from Greek philosophy to moral duty to friendship. Though he considered philosophy secondary to politics and often used his writings for explicit political ends, his work has nevertheless been widely read for over two thousand years and has influenced everything from the culture of the Renaissance to the ideals of the founding fathers of the United States.

This edition contains three of Cicero’s best-known works. In “On Friendship,” from his Treatises on Friendship and Old Age, Cicero examines the nature of true friendship, which he considers to be based on virtue and dependent upon honesty, truth, and trust. In De Officiis, or “On Duties,” written as a letter to his son, Cicero shares his beliefs about the potential conflicts between moral obligation and expedience. Finally, “Scipio’s Dream,” the sixth book of On the Republic, describes a fictional dream vision of the Roman general Scipio Aemilianus, set two years before the destruction of Carthage in 146 BC.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Rebecca | 11/14/2012

    " My advice is to skip the section on Cicero's letters, it's boring. But his work on growing old is fantastic, and it really does make you almost look forward to old age. Reading his works, you can see why the Roman Empire flourished. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Rick Davis | 9/23/2012

    " Simply outstanding. The best parts were "On Duties" and "On Old Age". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Stevie | 1/1/2012

    " It was a good read. I enjoyed his prosecution of Antony, and the philosophical dilemmas he raised. "Is that which is right ever conflict with that which is advantageous?" I also was convicted of how in the American culture we do not revere our elders as we should. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Martin | 7/6/2011

    " unfortunately i found this tough going. probably because i am fairly ignorant about ancient rome. perhaps if were better educated i would have been able to lose myself in the prose. alas, it was not to be. though i did like the letters - made that era come to life for me. "

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Author 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. As a member of the Senate, he witnessed the rise to prominence of Julius Caesar, whose followers forced him into exile and out of politics. 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. His best-known writings include On the Orator, On the Republic, Hortensius, On the Nature of the Gods, On Duties, and Treatises on Friendship and Old Age.