The Republic and The Laws

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Cicero's The Republic is an impassioned plea for responsible government written just before the civil war that ended the Roman Republic in a dialogue following Plato. Drawing on Greek political theory, the work embodies the mature reflections of a Roman ex-consul on the nature of political organization, on justice in society, and on the qualities needed in a statesman. Its sequel, The Laws, expounds the influential doctrine of Natural Law, which applies to all mankind, and sets out an ideal code for a reformed ...
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Cicero's The Republic is an impassioned plea for responsible government written just before the civil war that ended the Roman Republic in a dialogue following Plato. Drawing on Greek political theory, the work embodies the mature reflections of a Roman ex-consul on the nature of political organization, on justice in society, and on the qualities needed in a statesman. Its sequel, The Laws, expounds the influential doctrine of Natural Law, which applies to all mankind, and sets out an ideal code for a reformed Roman Republic, already half in the realm of utopia.

This is the first complete English translation of both works for over sixty years and features a lucid Introduction, a Table of Dates, notes on the Roman constitution, and an Index of Names.

About the Series: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780199540112
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 7/15/2009
  • Series: Oxford World's Classics Series
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 396,760
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2002

    From Palimpsests

    These two books are socratic dialogues by Cicero on two important topics; government, and laws. They are interesting but difficult reading, mainly due to the fact that they are both recovered from palimpsests -- the original parchment books were erased and written over by monks in the middle ages, because parchment was expensive and they didn't respect the Roman authors. In the process, much of both books was lost. This makes for big gaps in the discussions, making the reading difficult. I might suggest On Government as an alternative to On The Republic, although I haven't read it, since based on the page count I'm guessing that it's more complete.

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