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On Obligations

De Officiis

On Obligations( )
Author: Cicero, Marcus Tullius
Translator: Walsh, P. G.
Series title:Oxford World's Classics Ser.
ISBN:978-0-19-954071-6
Publication Date:Jul 2008
Publisher:Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Book Format:Paperback
List Price:USD $13.95
Book Description:

On Obligations was written by Cicero after the murder of Julius Caesar to provide principles of behaviour for aspiring politicians. Though written for first-century Romans it has been adopted as a guide to political conduct in every major era in the West: by the early Christians, in the high Middle Ages, in the Renaissance, and in the age of the Enlightenment.

Book Details
Pages:288
Detailed Subjects: Philosophy / Ethics & Moral Philosophy
Political Science / History & Theory
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):5.031 x 7.644 x 0.507 Inches
Book Weight:0.449 Pounds
Author Biography
Cicero, Marcus Tullius (Author)
Born in Arpinum on January 3, 106 B.C., Marcus Tullius Cicero was a Roman orator, writer, and politician. In Rome, Cicero studied law, oratory, philosophy, and literature, before embarking on a political career. Banished from Rome in 59 B.C. for the execution of some members of the Catiline group, Cicero devoted himself to literature. Cicero was pardoned by Julius Caesar in 47 B.C., and returned to Rome to deliver his famous speeches, known as the "Philippics," urging the senate to declare war on Marc Antony.

Cicero's chief works, written between 46 and 44 B.C., can be classified in the categories of philosophical works, letters, and speeches. The letters, edited by his secretary Tiro, showcase a unique writing style and charm. The most popular work of the period was De Officiis, a manual of ethics, in which Cicero espoused fundamental Christian values half a century before Christ.

Cicero was murdered in Formiae, Italy, on December 4, 43 B.C., by Antony's soldiers after the triumvirate of Antony, Lepidus, and Octavius was formed.

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