On the Good Life

On the Good Life


Introduction by: Michael Grant
Translator: Michael Grant

Format
Paperback
Price
$17.00
 
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780140442441
  • 384 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • Adult

Overview

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.

Table of Contents

Introduction
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

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

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