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Cicero: On the Commonwealth and On the Laws

2nd Edition



Part of Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought

  • Date Published: June 2017
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781316505564

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  • Cicero's On the Commonwealth and On the Laws were his first and most substantial attempts to adapt Greek theories of political life to the circumstances of the Roman Republic. They represent Cicero's understanding of government and remain his most important works of political philosophy. On the Commonwealth survives only in part, and On the Laws was never completed. The new edition of this volume has been revised throughout to take account of recent scholarship, and features a new introduction, a new bibliography, a chronological table and a biographical index. James E. G. Zetzel offers a scholarly reconstruction of the fragments of On the Commonwealth and a masterly translation of both dialogues. The texts are further supported by notes and synopsis, designed to assist students in politics, philosophy, ancient history, law and classics.

    • Offers a readable translation, based on a thorough revision of the Latin text
    • Revised throughout to take account of recent scholarship
    • New edition features include a new introduction and bibliography, a chronological table and a biographical index
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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: June 2017
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781316505564
    • length: 276 pages
    • dimensions: 215 x 136 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.39kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Editor's note
    Text and translation
    Part I. On the Commonwealth:
    1. Book I
    2. Book II
    3. Book III
    4. Book IV
    5. Book V
    6. Book VI
    7. Unplaced fragments
    Part II. On the Laws:
    1. Book I
    2. Book II
    3. Book III
    4. Fragments.

  • Author

    Marcus Tullius Cicero

    Editor and Translator

    James E. G. Zetzel, Columbia University, New York
    James E. G. Zetzel is Anthon Professor of the Latin Language and Literature at Columbia University, New York. He has lectured and published widely on Latin literature, ancient law and political theory, and the history of scholarship. He is a recipient of fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation.

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