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A Written RepublicCicero's Philosophical Politics$
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Yelena Baraz

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780691153322

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691153322.001.0001

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The Gift of Philosophy

The Gift of Philosophy

The Treatises as Translations

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(p.96) Chapter Three The Gift of Philosophy
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A Written Republic
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Yelena Baraz

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691153322.003.0003

This chapter examines Cicero’s claims about the political content of his philosophical writings and their potential benefit to the future of the state. Drawing on two of his treatises, the preface to book one of Tusculan Disputations and the preface to book one of De Finibus, the chapter considers what Cicero repeatedly identifies as his project’s major contribution: the act of translating philosophy from the Greek and making it accessible in Latin. It also explores the cultural and political meaning of translation as an act of patriotism, as well as Cicero’s response to the difficulties of presenting works in translation to an audience with a variety of often opposing cultural objectives and prejudices.

Keywords:   philosophical writings, Tusculan Disputations, De Finibus, Cicero, philosophy, translation, patriotism

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