About the Author(s)
Malcolm Schofield, Emeritus Professor of Ancient Philosophy, University of Cambridge, and Fellow of St John's College
Malcolm Schofield has taught ancient philosophy in Cambridge for close on 50 years, and is a wide-ranging and highly productive scholar, of major international standing. He joined G.S. Kirk and J.E. Raven as co-author of The Presocratic Philosophers (Cambridge 1983 [second edition]). With Jonathan Barnes and M.F. Burnyeat he co-founded in 1978 a long-running series of Symposia Hellenistica, which have done much to foster work of high quality on a previously understudied area of Greek and Roman philosophy. He has also been active more broadly in UK Classics, most recently as Chair of the British School at Athens (2010-16).
"Malcolm Schofield has now given us the ideal introduction to Cicero's political thought ... The book throughout is marked by very thoughtful attention to the needs of the non-specialist reader.... Schofield has managed to produce a concise and judicious guide to all the main issues and debates. It is far more than just a clear summary, though. It is, in the best sense, a critical introduction, one that engages as well as informs the reader, and it now takes its place as the best modern account of its kind." -- Jeremy Mynott, Classics for All
"To conclude, I would like to stress the importance of his method. S. uses historical context not only to elucidate Cicero's political philosophy, but also to explain its limits. S. pushes the quest for arguments as far as possible; but he confesses sometimes running into walls." -- RENÉ DE NICOLAY, Princeton University, THE CLASSICAL REVIEW
"Cicero is detailed, challenging, and fascinating, offering a thorough account of Cicero's political thought that is both situated within his particular and disruptive historical context and in constant dialogue with modern political theory ... This is a masterful and lively study, which will be of value to all those with an interest in ancient political philosophy, and, indeed, Republican politics and history." -- Jenny Bryan, Greece & Rome
"I would recommend this book immediately as the first stop for anyone looking for a clear and accessible account of Cicero's political philosophy." -- Sean McConnell, University of Otago, Bryn Mawr Classical Review