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On the commonwealth ; and, On the laws / edited and translated by James E.G. Zetzel.

Author/creator Cicero, Marcus Tullius author.
Other author/creatorZetzel, James E. G. editor, translator.
Included WorkCicero, Marcus Tullius. De republica. English.
Included WorkCicero, Marcus Tullius. De legibus. English.
Format Book and Print
EditionSecond edition.
Publication Info Cambridge, United Kingdom : Cambridge University Press, 2017.
Descriptionlx, 212 pages ; 23 cm.
Uniform titleWorks. Selections. English. 2017
Series Cambridge texts in the history of political thought
Cambridge texts in the history of political thought. ^A227971
Contents Machine generated contents note: Editor's note; Introduction; Text and translation; Bibliography; Chronology; Synopsis; Part I. On the Commonwealth: 1. Book I; 2. Book II; 3. Book III; 4. Book IV; 5. Book V; 6. Book VI; 7. Unplaced fragments; Part II. On the Laws: 1. Book I; 2. Book II; 3. Book III; 4. Fragments.
Abstract "Cicero's On the Commonwealth and On the Laws were his first and most substantial attempts to adapt Greek theories of political life to the circumstances of the Roman Republic. They represent Cicero's understanding of government and remain his most important works of political philosophy. On the Commonwealth survives only in part, and On the Laws was never completed. The new edition of this volume has been revised throughout to take account of recent scholarship, and features a new introduction, a new bibliography, a chronological table and a biographical index. James E. G. Zetzel offers a scholarly reconstruction of the fragments of On the Commonwealth and a masterly translation of both dialogues. The texts are further supported by notes and synopsis, designed to assist students in politics, philosophy, ancient history, law and classics"-- Provided by publisher.
Abstract "Cicero's On the Commonwealth (De re publica) and On the Laws (De legibus) represent the most significant surviving contribution to political thought in the 700+ years between the death of Aristotle and Augustine's City of God. They are ambitious and complex works, difficult to interpret not merely because so little survives of the Hellenistic philosophy on which Cicero drew, but because we possess only parts of them: On the Commonwealth is fragmentary, and perhaps a third of it is still extant, while On the Laws not only survives only in part (three books out of at least five), but was apparently left unfinished at Cicero's death. The goal of this introduction is to offer some background for reading these texts and some explanation of their form, structure, and arguments"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references and index.
Other titleOn the laws.
LCCN 2017012404
ISBN9781107140066 hardback
ISBN1107140064 hardback
ISBN1316505561 paperback

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