Cato and Laelius; Or, Essays on Old-Age and Friendship. in Two Volumes

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General Books LLC, 2010 - 106 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1785. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... on the morning of his execution. Agreeably to these sentiments, Plutarch compares the moral state of man in the present world, to that of an athletic combatant; whose reward, or punishment, will hereafter be proportioned to his merit, or demerit, in the conflict. "But by v/hat means," continues this very sensible and judicious author, "the soul in another life "(hall be affected with happiness or "misery, is totally concealed from hu"man penetration." It seems highly probable, that it was likewise in conformity with this way of thinking in respect to the popular creed, that the Roman poet, after having conducted his hero through the several mansions of departed spirits, leads him back again into these upper regions through the portal qua-- --falsa ad c lum mittunt insomnia manes; and by no means as intending to intimate, that the belief of a general state of retribution in another life, was equally vain and visionary. Plus, de Us qui tard. de Numin. Cor. (17) The doctrine of Epicurus appears to have been first introduced to the general acquaintance of the Romans, about this period *: and it is probable that Amafinius, an author occasionally mentioned by Cicero in different parts of his works, was one of those philosophers to whom he alludes in the text; he seems, at least, to have been the earliest Latin writer who published a treatise on the Epicurean system y. Geniuses of this benevolent kind have arisen, indeed, in every age; who seem to think they cannot perform a greater service in their generation, than to deliver the minds of men from those uneasy apprehensions concerning their destination in a future pe * See Rem. en Cat), p. 217. n. 49. y Vid. Tusc. Disp. IV. 3. riod, riod of existence which will occasionally intrude, in spite of every artificial b...

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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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