The Thoughts of Cicero


Category: Philosophy and Politics

By Cicero

Published from 1754

Reference #0468

Translated from the writings of Pierre-Joseph Thoulier d’Olivet (1682-1768), this English edition was published in Glasgow by printer Robert Urie. After a short preface by d’Olivet, the text outlines Cicero’s outlook on subjects such as religion, man, conscience, and more. Each page is featured in both Latin and English.

Considered to be Rome’s greatest orator, and perhaps its most articulate philosopher. Through his philosophical treaties, he helped make Latin a strong and flexible vehicle for logical speculation. His prose is rhetorical and meant to persuade. He wrote many orations in the defense of his friends. In 44 B.C., with the death of Caesar, Cicero tried to save Rome from demagoguery and chaos. He attacked Mark Antony in fourteen orations and was accordingly killed by a mob of bounty hunters.