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Selections from the Writings of Cicero [Audiobook, CD, Unabridged] [Audio CD]

Marcus Tullius Cicero , Robertson Dean
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March 31 2011
Roman statesman and philosopher Marcus Tullius Cicero wrote on a wide range of subjects, from Greek philosophy to moral duty to friendship. Though he considered philosophy secondary to politics and often used his writings for explicit political ends, his work has nevertheless been widely read for over two thousand years and has influenced everything from the culture of the Renaissance to the ideals of the founding fathers of the United States.

This edition contains three of Cicero's best-known works. In "On Friendship," from his Treatises on Friendship and Old Age, Cicero examines the nature of true friendship, which he considers to be based on virtue and dependent upon honesty, truth, and trust. In De Officiis, or "On Duties," written as a letter to his son, Cicero shares his beliefs about the potential conflicts between moral obligation and expedience. Finally, "Scipio's Dream," the sixth book of On the Republic, describes a fictional dream vision of the Roman general Scipio Aemilianus, set two years before the destruction of Carthage in 146 BC.

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Marcus Tullis Cicero (106–43 BC) was a Roman statesman and philosopher whose lifetime coincided with the decline and fall of the Roman republic. His best-known works include On the Republic, On Duties, and Treatises on Friendship and Old Age.

Robertson Dean has recorded hundreds of audiobooks in most every genre. He's been nominated for several Audie Awards, won nine Earphones Awards, and was named one of AudioFile magazine's Best Voices of 2010.

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Born in 106 b.c. at the central Italian hill-town of Arpinum (Arpino), Marcus Tullius Cicero received his education at Rome in rhetoric (public-speaking - the basis of higher education of the day) and philosophy, as well as in law which, combined with politics, was to be his career. Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Master of Language in History!! May 29 2006
I came across Cicero by sheer chance, and was greatly rewarded. This is a collection of just a small amount of his work but what a collection it is! For someone who has never read Cicero before this I was not disappointed. His mastery of language is so profound that it left me almost speechless at times. Cicero speaks with such conviction and with such elegance that it is practically unknown in todays modern world. For me personally, I have never heard anyone talk as Cicero does, with a masters in rhetoric, it is a shame that this art is all but lost in todays world.

Micheal Grants translation and especially his introductions alone are worth the price of this book. For anyone interested in the time of the fall of the Roman Republic or Roman society and life in general, Cicero's Selected Works are definitly a good place to start your journey into learning more about this fasinating time of the people who lived it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended June 22 2010
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The area of the book with the most to offer, is the chapter on how to live. The first part discusses various codes of behaviour. The second part is titled; On Old Age. Cicero`s observations and suggestions regarding old age, are definitely worth reading. In fact, I am sure this will not be the last time I read the chapter on old age. This may be the best material ever written, in regards to becoming older.
The negative area of the book is the rant against Antony. Cicero just seems to get a little carried away. He carries on and on, and things become rather long winded.
I would recommend this book to just about anyone. The chapter on old age, is the crowning achievement of Cicero`s writings.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Michael Grant + Cicero = pure greatness! Feb. 26 2000
Michael Grant is one of the foremost scholars of classical civilization in the world. Being thus, he is an ideal candidate to translate the works of what was perhaps the greatest orator of all time.
This book contains some wonderful tirades which Cicero wrote - including his bitter (not to mention comical) attacks on Marc Antony (the same vehement and outspoken verbal assaults which led to his execution after the the banishment of Brutus and Cassius). It also contains Cicero's thoughts on topics such as old age and duty ethics (I wonder: how much Cicero did Kant read?). These are the writings of one of the most influential Romans from all time; a man who made his imprint on the history of the discourse of polemics. This is a fine book that contains the works of a gentleman who is sadly far under-read in this day & age.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Heart That Beats Beneath the Statuary Oct. 17 2000
How many men and women who have lived more than 2,000 years ago have impressed us with their humanity? We tend to see the statuary, but rarely the person behind it. When you read this outstanding selection edited by the excellent classical historian Michael Grant, you see that Marcus Tullius Cicero has a human face -- and it shows in his work.
The Roman Republic that Cicero loved was falling apart. Marius and Sulla, the Gracchi, the conflicts over the powers of the tribunes had dealt a severe blow to a form of government that had proved itself adequate for governing a city-state, but less so for managing a multi-cultural empire. Cicero fought valiantly against corrupt governors like Verres ("Against Verres") and would-be dictators like Marc Antony ("2nd Phillipic Against Antony"). When he finally threw in his lot with Pompey, he picked the wrong horse and put himself in harm's way. Eventually, Augustus and Antony had him killed as an obstacle to their plans.
The wonderful letters that Cicero wrote to his friend Atticus and others such as Pompey show his hurt at having been rudely pushed aside. He saw himself as the Savior of Rome for his part in quashing the conspiracy of Catiline, but he lived in a world where "What have you done for me lately?" was the question of the day.
Increasingly, Cicero turned to farming and philosophizing. His essays "On Duty" and "On Old Age," reprinted here, are penetrating, humane, and even Christian in a way. One could see why monk copyists of the Middle Ages saw in the Roman senator a pre-Christian piety at work.
Michael Grant supplies an excellent introduction, maps, genealogical charts, timelines, and even a glossary to guide the reader through Cicero's work. This book is definitely a keeper.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Pleasure Jan. 14 2002
Michael Grant has done it again with this wonderful translation of some of Cicero's finest work. Designed to give the reader an overview of this great master it shows you just how diverse a writer he really was, and why he cast such a shadow over European prose for the next thousand years.
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