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On Life and Death

Cicero
A new translation by John Davie and Edited by Miriam T. Griffin

February 2017

ISBN: 9780199644148

288 pages
Paperback
196x129mm

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Oxford World's Classics

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Cicero (106-43 BC) was the greatest orator of the ancient world and a leading politician of the closing era of the Roman republic. These three dialogues here are among the most accessible of Cicero's philosophical works.

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Cicero (106-43 BC) was the greatest orator of the ancient world and a leading politician of the closing era of the Roman republic. These three dialogues here are among the most accessible of Cicero's philosophical works.

  • A unique selection of Cicero's most accessible philosophical works which deal with the problems encountered in everyday life
  • This edition includes On Old Age, On Friendship, and the whole of Books 1, 2, and 5 of the Tusculan Disputations, with the prefaces and summaries of 3 and 4.
  • Lively introduction sets out the historical context, with notes that are fuller and more reliable than in any previous translation
  • The translation preserves Cicero's literary, artistic, and emotional force as a philospher while achieving new standards of accuracy
  • Editorial material includes Chronology and a Note on the Text
  • The Appendix covers Cicero's two letters that deal with the same issues as On Friendship and show how rooted in real moral diemmas of the period the treatise is
  • Texts translated by John Davie, translator of the OWC Seneca, Disalogues and Essays, and Horace, Satires and Epistles

About the Author(s)

Cicero

A new translation by John Davie, Lecturer in Classics at Trinity, Oxford. Former Head of Classics, St Paul's School, London, and Edited by Miriam T. Griffin, Emeritus Fellow of Somerville College, Oxford

John Davie is Lecturer in Classics at Trinity Collge, Oxford and former Head of Classics at St Paul's School, London. He has previously translated the complete plays of Euripides for Penguin Classics and has also translated for the Oxford World's Classics Seneca's Dialogues and Essays and Horace's Satires and Epistles

Miriam T. Griffin was born in New York and studied at Barnard College and Radcliffe before receiving a Fulbright Scholarship to Oxford, where she completed her DPhil under the supervision of Sir Ronald Syme. She was initially the Fulford Research Fellow at St. Anne's College, later being appointed to a tutorial fellowship in Ancient History at Somerville College and a CUF Lectureship in the University, as well as holding a post as Langford Eminent scholar at Florida State University in 2008. She was the editor of The Classical Quarterly from 2002 until 2007 and was a long-standing editor of the Clarendon Ancient History Series for Oxford University Press. In 2018, Dr Griffin was posthumously awarded a British Academy Medal for her lifetimes contribution to Roman history and ancient thought.

Table of Contents

    Introduction
    Note on the Text
    Select Bibliography
    A Chronology of Cicero
    TUSCULAN DISPUTATIONS
    Book 1
    Book 2
    Preface to Book 3
    Preface to Book 4
    Book 5
    ON OLD AGE
    ON FRIENDSHIP
    Appendix: Two Letters to Friends
    Explanatory Notes

Reviews

"Very accessible... provides much thought-provoking material... will appeal both to those who are already well-versed in philosophy and to those who come new to this discipline." - Marion Gibbs, Classics for All

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