De natura deorum

Book 1 of De Natura Deorum exhibits in a nutshell Cicero's philosophical method, with the prior part stating the case for Epicurean theology, the latter (rather longer) part refuting it. Thus the reader observes Cicero at work in both constructive and skeptical modes as well as his art of chara...

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Main Author: Cicero, Marcus Tullius (Author)
Other Authors: Dyck, Andrew R. 1947-
Format: Electronic Book
Language:English
Latin
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Published: Cambridge Cambridge University Press 2003.
Series/Journal:Cambridge Greek and Latin classics
Standardized Subjects / Keyword chains:B Cicero, Marcus Tullius v106-v43, De natura deorum 1
Further subjects:B Commentary
B Gods, Roman ; Early works to 1800
B Religion Philosophy Early works to 1800
B Religion ; Philosophy ; Early works to 1800
B Gods, Roman Early works to 1800
Online Access: Volltext (URL des Erstveröffentlichers)
Parallel Edition:Non-electronic
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Summary:Book 1 of De Natura Deorum exhibits in a nutshell Cicero's philosophical method, with the prior part stating the case for Epicurean theology, the latter (rather longer) part refuting it. Thus the reader observes Cicero at work in both constructive and skeptical modes as well as his art of characterizing speakers. Prefaced to the Book is Cicero's most elaborate justification of his philosophical writing. The Book thus makes an ideal starting point for the study of Cicero's philosophica or indeed of any philosophical writing in Latin, since it delineates the problems such a project raised in the minds of Roman readers and shows how Cicero thought they could be met. There is also a systematic and detailed doxography of ancient views about the deity, an important document in itself, presented from an Epicurean perspective. The volume's Introduction situates this text within Cicero's intellectual development and ancient reflection about the gods.
Item Description:Title from publisher's bibliographic system (viewed on 05 Oct 2015)
ISBN:0511803621
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1017/CBO9780511803628