A Commentary on Cicero, De Officiis

A Commentary on Cicero, De Officiis

Andrew R. Dyck


Toward 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. for the reason that then students have come to a greater figuring out of the political stipulations that proficient the perspectives of Mommsen and his contemporaries approximately Caesar and Cicero, and for this reason Cicero's writings were restored to a extra applicable place within the literature and heritage of the Roman Republic. even as contemporary years have noticeable a radical research of Hellenistic philosophy, and this has proven extra truly than ahead of that, even whereas following Greek types, Cicero still pursued his personal political and, within the moral works, moralistic agenda.
Composed in haste presently prior to Cicero's loss of life, de Officiis has exercised huge, immense effect over the centuries. it's all the extra fantastic that Andrew R. Dyck's quantity is the 1st distinctive English statement at the paintings written during this century. It offers with the issues of the Latin textual content (taking account of Michael Winterbottom's new edition), it delineates the work's constitution and infrequently elusive teach of idea, clarifies the underlying Greek and Latin suggestions, and offers beginning issues for impending the philosophical and ancient difficulties that de Officiis raises.
A paintings of significant value for classicists, philosophers, and old historians, this Commentary will be a useful spouse to all readers of Cicero's final philosophical work.
Andrew R. Dyck is Professor of Classics, college of California, Los Angeles.
Publication of this quantity is supported by means of a furnish from the nationwide Endowment for the Humanities.

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