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De Re Publica: Selections (Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics)

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Containing the Latin text of most of the surviving parts of Cicero's most elaborate philosophical dialogue, this edition of a major document in the history of European political theory includes a full commentary that explains its philosophical and historical argument, grammar and style.
Paperback, 284 pages
Published November 23rd 2002 by Cambridge University Press (first published -54)
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Alp Turgut
Cicero'nun aynı Platon'un diyalogları tarzında kaleme aldığı "De Re Publica / On the Commonwealth / Devlet Üzerine", yine Platon'un "Devlet" ve Aristoteles'in "Politika" eserlerinin izinden giderek en iyi devlet türünün hangisi olduğunu tartışan özellikle ilk kitabıyla öne çıkan bir eser. Okumadan önce Platon'u, Aristoteles'i ve Stoa felsefesini anlamak şart; aksi takdirde kitabı okumak pek kolay olmayabilir. Öte yandan, İthaki Yayınları tarafından okuyucuya sunulan kitabın pek başarılı bir cilt ...more
This work is devided into 6 books. Most of the books are dedicated to discuss the best way of government for achieving the true Republic ('public thing'), a fair society with equal rights for all citizens. It is presented as a dialogue among friends. They present the pro and con of monarchy, aristocracy and democracy. For developping this ideas, they discuss History of Rome.

The last book is dedicated to God and author's spiritual experience. As a Brazilian, this part was expecially interessan
This is my first collection of Cicero's work, and I wasn't super impressed. He's clearly a very distinguished Orator. I see no doubt of that. However this collection was fairly drudge with little meat to nibble on. The title is awfully misleading. "In defense of the republic" is some fragmented Senatorial cases Cicero defended. Sometimes it was to regain his property, other times it was Cicero talking about his badass consulship. He was a coward who could talk some major shit! But when his game ...more
Before saying anything about the book itself, I have to say I was severely disappointed by the way this collection was put together. I was annoyed when I realized that it contained several speeches that were already included in other Penguin collections of Cicero’s speeches I’ve read before. Although granted, it’s my fault as well for not looking carefully enough at the book when I bought. I also didn’t particularly enjoy the fact they decided to include fragments of certain speeches instead of ...more
Aaron Crofut
A Roman version of Aristotle's politics. Cicero takes a very negative view of Democracy, which tends to fall in love with whichever person promises the mob the most of other people's property, a situation tailor made for tyrants. Good government must allow everyone to have a say in a society that will protect their rights, rather than offer those rights up to be sacrificed to pander to the poor. This book is clearly a source that inspired the Enlightenment thinkers.

Scipio's Dream is a must read
Steven Rhodes
Seems like including the Second Phillipic is standard in EVERY single Cicero book. But it never gets old.

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January 3, 106 BCE – December 7, 43 BCE

Marcus Tullius Cicero, Roman philosopher, statesman, lawyer, political theorist, and Roman constitutionalist. Cicero is widely considered one of Rome's greatest orators and prose stylists.
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