Towards the end of his life, Cicero turned away from his oratorical and political career and looked instead to matters of philosophy and religion. The dialogue The Nature of the Gods both explores his own views on these subjects, as a monotheist and member of the Academic School, and considers the opinion of other philosophical schools of the Hellenistic age through the figures of Velleius the Epicurean and Balbus the Stoic. Eloquent, clearly argued and surprisingly modern, it focuses upon a series of fundamental religious questions including: is there a God? If so, does he answer prayers, or intervene in human affairs? Does he know the future? Does morality need the support of religion? Profoundly influential on later thinkers, such as Saint Augustine and Thomas Aquinas, this is a fascinating consideration of fundamental issues of faith and philosophical thought.
About the Author
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.
|Summary of the Text||p. xlvi|
|Note on the Text and Translation||p. xlix|
|Select Bibliography||p. lii|
|The Nature of the Gods||p. 1|
|Explanatory Notes||p. 147|
|Index and Glossary of Names||p. 216|
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Series: Penguin Classics
For Ages: 18+ years old
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 30th October 1972
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9 x 1.7
Weight (kg): 19.8