On Life and Death

ISBN : 9780199644148

Cicero; John Davie; Miriam T. Griffin
288 ページ
129 x 196 mm
Oxford World's Classics
  • A unique selection of Cicero's most accessible philosophical works which deal with the problems encountered in everyday life
  • This edition includes On Old AgeOn Friendship, and the whole of Books 1, 2, and 5 of the Tusculan Disputations, with the prefaces and summaries of 3 and 4.
  • Lively introduction sets out the historical context, with notes that are fuller and more reliable than in any previous translation
  • The translation preserves Cicero's literary, artistic, and emotional force as a philospher while achieving new standards of accuracy
  • Editorial material includes Chronology and a Note on the Text
  • The Appendix covers Cicero's two letters that deal with the same issues as On Friendship and show how rooted in real moral diemmas of the period the treatise is
  • Texts translated by John Davie, translator of the OWC Seneca, Disalogues and Essays, and Horace, Satires and Epistles

'any service I may have rendered my countrymen in my active life I may also extend to them... now that I am at leisure'
Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 BC), Rome's greatest orator, had a career of intense activity in politics, the law courts and the administration, mostly in Rome. His fortunes, however, followed those of Rome, and he found himself driven into exile in 58 BC, only to return a year later to a city paralyzed by the domination of Pompey, Crassus, and Caesar. Cicero, though a senior statesman, struggled to maintain his independence and it was during these years that, frustrated in public life, he first started to put his excess energy, stylistic brilliance, and superabundant vocabulary into writing these works of philosophy. The three dialogues collected here are the most accessible of Cicero's works, written to his friends Atticus and Brutus, with the intent of popularizing philosophy in Ancient Rome. They deal with the everyday problems of life; ethics in business, the experience of grief, and the difficulties of old age.


Note on the Text
Select Bibliography
A Chronology of Cicero
Book 1
Book 2
Preface to Book 3
Preface to Book 4
Book 5
Appendix: Two Letters to Friends
Explanatory Notes


A new translation by John Davie, Lecturer in Classics at Trinity, Oxford. Former Head of Classics, St Paul's School, London, and Edited by Miriam T. Griffin, Emeritus Fellow of Somerville College, Oxford
John Davie is Lecturer in Classics at Trinity Collge, Oxford and former Head of Classics at St Paul's School, London. He has previously translated the complete plays of Euripides for Penguin Classics and has also translated for the Oxford World's Classics Seneca's Dialogues and Essays and Horace's Satires and Epistles

Miriam T. Griffin was born in New York and studied at Barnard College and Radcliffe before receiving a Fulbright Scholarship to Oxford, where she completed her DPhil under the supervision of Sir Ronald Syme. She was initially the Fulford Research Fellow at St. Anne's College, later being appointed to a tutorial fellowship in Ancient History at Somerville College and a CUF Lectureship in the University, as well as holding a post as Langford Eminent scholar at Florida State University in 2008. She was the editor of The Classical Quarterly from 2002 until 2007 and was a long-standing editor of the Clarendon Ancient History Series for Oxford University Press. In 2018, Dr Griffin was posthumously awarded a British Academy Medal for her lifetimes contribution to Roman history and ancient thought.

"Very accessible... provides much thought-provoking material... will appeal both to those who are already well-versed in philosophy and to those who come new to this discipline." - Marion Gibbs, Classics for All