Selections from the Writings of Cicero

  • by Marcus Tullius Cicero
  • Narrated by Robertson Dean
  • 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

The parts on friendship were the most interesting

The parts on friendship were the most interesting. Its interesting how some insights to people are so old.
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- mip0

Interesting Cicero, not so good reader

Would you consider the audio edition of Selections from the Writings of Cicero to be better than the print version?


What other book might you compare Selections from the Writings of Cicero to and why?

I don't compare Cicero, who would want to do that?

What didn’t you like about Robertson Dean’s performance?

Can't pronounce Latin, doesn't understand what Cicero was talking about. This is a not a particularly good translation

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Any additional comments?

I suppose we should be thankful for any Cicero. Next time get a reader who understands Cicero.The last section of the audio book, Scipio's Dream, should have been left was not Cicero at his finest.

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- Lloyd

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-28-2011
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio