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On Living and Dying Well

Marcus Tullius Cicero - Author

Thomas Habinek - Translator

Thomas Habinek - Introduction by

Thomas Habinek - Notes by

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ISBN 9780140455564 | 240 pages | 27 Nov 2012 | Penguin Classics | 5.07 x 7.79in | 18 - AND UP
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Philosophical writings on “the good life” by the great Roman orator, in a vital new translation

In the first century BC, Marcus Tullius Cicero, Roman orator, statesman, and defender of republican values, created these philosophical treatises on such diverse and trenchant topics as friendship, religion, death, fate, and scientific inquiry. This lucid and lively new translation renders the great Roman’s writings accessible to modern readers as never before. Cicero was a pragmatist at heart, but his philosophies were frequently personal and ethical, drawn not from abstract reasoning but from careful observation of the world. The resulting work reminds us of the importance of social ties, the question of free will, and the justification of creative endeavor.