The Nature of the Gods

The Nature of the Gods

by Marcus Tullius Cicero
     
 

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Here is presented Cicero's theological exposition, "The Nature of the Gods", in which the ancient Roman philosopher reflects upon the philosophical questions of religion. "He was, he says, urged to them as a means of relief from the irksome political inactivity to which he was reduced by the supremacy in the state of Julius Cæsar, and he also hoped to find in… See more details below

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Here is presented Cicero's theological exposition, "The Nature of the Gods", in which the ancient Roman philosopher reflects upon the philosophical questions of religion. "He was, he says, urged to them as a means of relief from the irksome political inactivity to which he was reduced by the supremacy in the state of Julius Cæsar, and he also hoped to find in them a distraction from the grief caused him by the death of his daughter Tullia. He felt, too, that for the sake of the national credit it was right that the philosophy of Greece should be brought before his countrymen in their own tongue, and in the case of the special branch of philosophy discussed in the 'De Natura' he had another and more pressing motive. For it was necessary there to consider those theological questions the answers to which determined the character and even the possibility of religion, and therefore, in his opinion, of morality as well."

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ISBN-13:
9781420935943
Publisher:
Neeland Media LLC
Publication date:
01/01/2011
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
1 MB

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Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 BC), Roman orator and statesman, was born at Arpinum of a wealthy local family. By 70 BC he had established himself as the leading barrister in Rome, and was elected praetor in the year 66. Obtaining honours usually reserved for members of the aristocracy, Cicero was an uncompromising politician, and the greatest Roman orator. Horace C. P. McGregor graduated from Brasenose College, Oxford, in classics and philosophy. He entered the Home Office where he served until his retirement in 1967. He died in 1993. John M. Ross was a colleague of McGregor's, also with a degree in classics and philosophy.

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