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Short Description for Cicero: De re publica: Selections Contains the Latin text of most of the surviving parts of Cicero's most elaborate philosophical dialogue.
- Published: 01 May 1995
- Format: Paperback 284 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780521348966 ISBN 10: 052134896X
- Sales rank: 934,699
Full description for Cicero: De re publica: Selections
Cicero's De re publica contains the fullest ancient account of the theory of the mixed constitution and the oldest extant narrative of early Roman history; it concludes with the Dream of Scipio, one of the most influential ancient visions of the afterlife. The argument of the dialogue concerns the relationship between political theory and practice, and between social institutions and the individual citizen. This edition of most of the surviving portions of De re publica is the most detailed commentary ever to appear in English. It explains Cicero's philosophical argument and its relationship to his account of early Rome, and thoroughly elucidates the language and style of the treatise. The introduction offers a new and provocative interpretation of Cicero's dialogue as a work both of literature and of political philosophy.