The Nature of the Gods

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Oxford University Press, 1998 - Social Science - 230 pages
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Cicero's philosophical works are now exciting renewed interest and more generous appreciation, in part because they provide vital evidence of the views of the (largely lost) Greek philosophers of the Hellenistic age, and partly because of the light they cast on the intellectual life of first-century Rome. The Nature of the Gods is a central document in this area, for it presents a detailed account of the theologies of the Epicureans and of the Stoics, together with the critical objections to these doctrines raised by the Academic school.

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User Review  - James - Goodreads

Interesting discussion/critique of Hellenistic (in particular, epicurean and stoic) philosophy of religion. Cicero clearly relishes criticizing these views. In doing so, he anticipates many of Hume's ... Read full review

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User Review  - James Violand - Goodreads

A convoluted dialogue that poorly mimics Plato. The author tries to establish conclusions by reciting myth and using poorly constructed arguments (say it ain't so, Cicero!). Some portions of this book are no longer extant, but these could hardly have redeemed such an uninteresting work. Read full review

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P. G. Walsh is Emeritus Professor of Humanity at the University of Glasgow. His translation of Petronius's The Satyricon is highly acclaimed.

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