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de Officiis (Classic Reprint)

Excerpt from De Officiis The De Oficiis is the last of the long series of philosophical works which Cicero gave to the world during the closing years of his life, when condemned to political inaction. After the final overthrow of the senatorial party, when the con stitution of the republic was supplanted by the will of the Democratic King and little scope was left for individual effort, Cicero had voluntarily retired from the political arena, and lived for the most part in the country. With the assassination of Caesar in March 44 b.c. The hopes of his party rose for a moment only to be dashed to the ground by the intrigues of Antony. Cicero driven from Rome by force and godless arms was compelled to seek safety in ight, and wandered aimlessly for a great part of the year from one of his country seats to another. He was distracted. Death had robbed him of Tullia, the' oy of his life, and he was now an exile from his beloved city. Once more he turns for consolation to active literary work, and in the composition of this hortatory treatise completes his patriotic design of transplanting philosophy from Athens to Rome and popularising its study among his countrymen. The events of the stormy year 44 are re ected in the acrimonious allusions to contemporary politics and the many imperfections of the work in thought and language. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works."
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