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By Yelena Baraz

In the 40's BCE, in the course of his compelled retirement from politics less than Caesar's dictatorship, Cicero grew to become to philosophy, generating a big and critical physique of labor. As he used to be conscious, this used to be an strange venture for a Roman statesman simply because Romans have been frequently adverse to philosophy, perceiving it as international and incompatible with gratifying one's accountability as a citizen. How, then, are we to appreciate Cicero's determination to pursue philosophy within the context of the political, highbrow, and cultural lifetime of the past due Roman republic? In A Written Republic, Yelena Baraz takes up this query and makes the case that philosophy for Cicero used to be now not a retreat from politics yet a continuation of politics by means of different capability, another approach to life a political existence and serving the country lower than newly constrained conditions.

Baraz examines the rhetorical conflict that Cicero levels in his philosophical prefaces--a conflict among the forces that may oppose or help his undertaking. He offers his philosophy as in detail hooked up to the hot political situations and his exclusion from politics. His goal--to gain the country by way of offering new ethical assets for the Roman elite--was conventional, no matter if his approach to translating Greek philosophical wisdom into Latin and mixing Greek resources with Roman history used to be unorthodox.

A Written Republic offers a brand new viewpoint on Cicero's perception of his philosophical undertaking whereas additionally including to the wider photo of late-Roman political, highbrow, and cultural life.

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