Cicero: On Stoic Good and Evil


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Cicero’s De Finibus 3 gives, through the persona of Cato, an outline of Stoic ethical theory, and is the main continuous text on this subject extant from the ancient world. This edition with text and subtitles, facing translation and commentary, aims to present to the modern reader the arguments in a clear and accessible form against the background of the turmoil of political events surrounding the death of Caesar, and in a presentation that will allow those with only a little Latin to follow the original text. The Paradoxes give in a more popular form, and with many examples from Roman life and history, the contradictions resulting from a literal or unsympathetic application of strict Stoic theory to practice. Latin text with facing-page English translation, introduction and commentary.

Parallel-text edition of Cicero’s De Finibus Bonorum et Malorum Liber III and Parodoxa Stoicorum.

Rosemary Wright is Emeritus Professor of Classics at the University of Wales Lampeter. Her publications include Cosmology in Antiquity (Routledge, 1995), The Presocratics: The Main Fragments in Greek with Introduction, Commentary and Appendix (Bristol Classical Press, 1985), and Empedocles of Acragas (Yale University Press, 1981).

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Rosemary Wright is Emeritus Professor of Classics at the University of Wales Lampeter. Her publications include ‘Cosmology in Antiquity’ (Routledge, 1995), ‘The Presocratics: The Main Fragments in Greek with Introduction, Commentary and Appendix’ (Bristol Classical Press, 1985), and ‘Empedocles of Acragas’ (Yale University Press, 1981).

Table of Contents

Section TitlePage
Introduction
  I. Background
  II. Goodness, Knowledge and Happiness
    Socrates
    Plato
    Aristotle
    Cyrenaics and Cynics
  III. Epicurus
  IV. The Stoics
  V. Philosophy at Rome
  VI. De Finibus Bonorum et Malorum
  VII. Paradoxa Stoicorum
  VIII. The Text
Notes to the Introduction
Texts and Translations
  De Finibus III
  Paradoxa Stoicorum
Appendix: Pro Murena 61–63
Commentary on De Finibus III
Summary of De Finibus III
Commentary on Paradoxa Stoicorum
Glossary of Stoic Terms
Bibliography
Index of Passages
Index of Names