A Commentary on Cicero, De Legibus

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Just as Plato drafted a vision of an ideal state in his Republic and followed that up with detailed provisions in his Laws, so Cicero -- after writing a Republic -- wanted to provide legislation for his ideal state and wrote de Legibus (the Laws) as a sequel. But while Cicero's Republic was set shortly before the death of its speaker, Scipio Africanus, in 129 b.c., his de Legibus was set in his own lifetime, thus enabling him to comment on current political events and trends. Written in the final years of the ...
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Just as Plato drafted a vision of an ideal state in his Republic and followed that up with detailed provisions in his Laws, so Cicero -- after writing a Republic -- wanted to provide legislation for his ideal state and wrote de Legibus (the Laws) as a sequel. But while Cicero's Republic was set shortly before the death of its speaker, Scipio Africanus, in 129 b.c., his de Legibus was set in his own lifetime, thus enabling him to comment on current political events and trends. Written in the final years of the Roman Republic, de Legibus is as a work that gives Cicero's own diagnosis of the ills that had befallen the Roman state and what might be done to cure them. It is thus a document crucial to our understanding of one of the most turbulent periods of Roman history.

Surprisingly, de Legibus has been one of Cicero's most neglected works. Andrew R. Dyck's commentary is the first to appear on the complete work in well over one hundred years. Dyck provides a detailed interpretation and sets the essay into the context of the politics and philosophical thought of its time. While previous commentaries focused primarily on grammar and textual criticism, this one also seeks to relate Cicero's text to the political, philosophical, and religious trends of his day. The author identifies the influences on Cicero's thinking and analyzes the relation of this theoretical treatise to his other works. This commentary is based on a new text, worked out in consultations between the author and Jonathan Powell of Royal Holloway, London.

Andrew Dyck is Professor of Classics, University of California at Los Angeles.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780472113248
  • Publisher: University of Michigan Press
  • Publication date: 1/6/2004
  • Language: Latin
  • Pages: 698
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Works Cited by Author xi
Introduction
1. The Literature on Law prior to De Legibus 1
2. The Composition
a. Date 5
b. Motives; Consequences 7
3. Sources and Originality 12
4. De Legibus and Politics 15
5. The Scene and Fictive Date 20
6. The Characterization of the Participants 23
7. The Reconstruction of the Whole 28
8. Influence through the Centuries 30
9. Language and Style 38
10. The Text 40
Commentary on Book 1 46
Commentary on Book 2 238
Commentary on Book 3 425
Commentary on the Fragments 556
Addenda et Corrigenda 561
Addenda et Corrigenda to A.R. Dyck, A Commentary on Cicero, de Officiis 563
Indices 565
Index of Topics 567
Index of Latin Words 577
Index of Greek Words 591
Index of Grammatical and Stylistic Features 594
Index of Authors 599
Index of Proper Names 637
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