On the Good Life
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Nothing is more basic to the human experience than the great Tusculan Disputations. It answers the question ...more
The further I went with this text, the more predictable and tiresome it became. Perhaps my expectations were too high— with someone who's as influential and interesting a figure as Cicero is, I believed this book was going to be more than it turned out to be. To me, Cicero, the writer, did not live up to his reputation as Cicero, the Roman.
The book itself wasn't without redeeming qualities. What we do have, is a splendid historical document! For that purpose, this information is priceless. We...more
We readers can learn a lot from his works written some 2,000 years ago as well as from his cool character and scholarly ways of looking at things or at any contemporary event then with unique wisdom and appropriat ...more
The only thing that prevented this from being a 5-star book was the last section (the book is divided into 5 sections) on rhetoric and speeches. Kinda boring.
The section "On Duties" was very good.
The first and main section of the book that deals with morality and happiness was excellent.
But my favorite read was the section "On Friendship." This topic was one of the top 3 philosophical works I've ever read and will probably re-r ...more
In my library since college days were three paperback Penguin Classics of Cicero. Each an anthology of excerpts from varied writings of his. I decided to read one, and after asking for advice on Facebook, the consensus pooled around this one. While reading it this a ...more
During my undergraduate, I was required to read and dissect numerous classics and it was tough going at times. For example, many authors ran the risk of displeasing whatever arbitrary tyrant happened to be in power so they wrote in metaphor, or set up dialogue between fictional characters that would enable them to side with whichever character the authorities deemed was right. The problem with this f ...more
Originally titled "De Senectute" and my edition with title "On a Life Well Spent", this slender is well designed for Levenger Press of Delray Beach, Florida, using the translation chosen by Benjamin Franklin when he printed it in 1744. The translated t ...more
If it has a major weakness, it is that it is SO modern one can easily forget when it was written to the point one can ignore certain parts as nearly cliche.
Cliches happen because they work, but unlike unexpected profundity, cliche gets easily passed over.