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A Written Republic: Cicero's Philosophical Politics

Yelena Baraz


In the 40s BCE, during his forced retirement from politics under Julius Caesar’s dictatorship, Cicero turned to philosophy, producing a massive and important body of work. As he was acutely aware, this was an unusual undertaking for a Roman statesman because Romans were often hostile to philosophy, perceiving it as foreign and incompatible with fulfilling one’s duty as a citizen. How, then, are we to understand Cicero’s decision to pursue philosophy in the context of the political, intellectual, and cultural life of the late Roman republic? This book takes up this question and makes the case t ... More

Keywords: philosophy, Cicero, rhetoric, political life, intellectual life, late Roman republic, politics, Roman elite, cultural life, Julius Caesar

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780691153322
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691153322.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Yelena Baraz, author
Princeton University