By Andrew R. Dyck

Toward the tip of the final century Cicero's paintings got here lower than assault from numerous angles. His political stance was once sharply criticized for inconsistency through Theodor Mommsen and others, his philosophical works for loss of originality. considering the fact that then students have come to a greater knowing of the political stipulations that trained 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 historical past of the Roman Republic. whilst fresh years have visible a radical examine of Hellenistic philosophy, and this has proven extra basically than prior to 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 dying, de Officiis has exercised huge, immense impact over the centuries. it's all the extra amazing that Andrew R. Dyck's quantity is the 1st designated English remark 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 inspiration, clarifies the underlying Greek and Latin recommendations, and offers beginning issues for forthcoming the philosophical and ancient difficulties that de Officiis raises.
A paintings of significant significance for classicists, philosophers, and historic historians, this Commentary will be a useful significant other to all readers of Cicero's final philosophical work.
Andrew R. Dyck is Professor of Classics, collage of California, Los Angeles.
Publication of this quantity is supported through a provide from the nationwide Endowment for the Humanities.

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