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ISBN-13: 978-0226305783 ISBN-10: 0226305783 Edition: 0002-

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 283 pages
  • Publisher: University Of Chicago Press; 0002- edition (February 3, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226305783
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226305783
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,161,596 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The translation is elegant and fluent, and the varying levels of information in the notes are useful for a range of readers."
(M.R. Wright Classical Bulletin)

“Cicero was a man of wide culture, and he had studied in Greece with good masters, although he knew he was not, by Greek standards, an original philosopher. He is concerned in these books to find a way of dealing with emotion, and with the fact that life is so damagingly exposed to chance and suffering. Ought one really to aim at the passionless existence which the Stoics regarded as best? Were the emotions always bad? . . . . Professor Margaret Graver picks out and handles the third and fourth of Cicero’s four themes. Her idiomatic and readable translation is followed by a full and sympathetic commentary. The book gives an admirable introduction to the philosophical thought of Cicero, and also a whole period of Greek philosophy, including the work of the early Stoics.”--Jasper Griffin, </I>New York Review of Books
(Jasper Griffin New York Review of Books)

“Graver’s thoughtful and well-produced book provides an excellent introduction to Cicero’s summary of ancient thought on the emotions . . . and, as such, will prove useful to teachers of ancient philosophy as well as to colleagues in religious studies interested in pre-Christian moral psychology.”
(Hans-Friedrich Mueller Religious Studies Review)

“Graver has provided a starting point for serious work on the <I>Tusculans<I> by assembling all the pertinent references, and providing a basic philosophical commentary. . . . One is grateful to have a lively modern translation . . . and a thoughtful general sourcebook of the <I>Tusculans<I>, from which novices and experts alike will take something of use.”
(John A. Stevens Ancient Philosophy)

“Graver has taken great pains, and it shows. The translation is never less than elegant and rises to real eloquence, especially in rendering the abundant quotations from Homer and tragedy.”
(Andrew R. Dyck Classical World)

“The translation is both accurate and highly readable. . . . I cannot find a single consequential choice that, after careful reflection, I would fault Graber for making. But the truly fine achievement of the book is the commentary. . . . I conclude, then, by stressing the exceptional excellence of this work, which presents Cicero’s text and the profound issues it raises in a way that can speak not only to readers familiar with Hellenistic philosophy and ancient psychology but also to students. . . . Buy it, read it, put it in your students’ hands.”--Bob Kaster, <I>Bryn Mawr Classical Review
(Bob Kaster Bryn Mawr Classical Review)

“This volume is generally of very high quality, and ought to be lauded as a valuable contribution to philosophical psychology and classical studies.”
(Sarah Byers International Journal of Classical Tradition)

“A superb new translation . . . with an excellent commentary.”<\#209>Jonathan Bate, Times Literary Supplement
(Jonathan Bate Times Literary Supplement) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Language Notes

Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Latin --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Bernhard Koch on February 27, 2002
Format: Paperback
The five "books" (just one in our sense of the word "book") "Tusculan Disputations" of Cicero are dedicated to existential questions like "Is dead something evil?" oder "Do wise men have emotional perturbations?" The answer of the first question cited here is crucial for emotional states, for instance fear of death. In this way this first question is subordinate to the second. M. Graver picked therefore Book 3 and 4, which are concerning with grief and emotion in general, as central parts of Ciceros work and translated them carefully into English, with useful subdivisions and an excellent commentary. Of extraordinary value is the introduction, which enables the reader to get insight into the discussions of the various schools of philosophers, and most surprising is the collection of material in Appendix A to D, which shows part of the sources (we dont have all sources at hand), which Cicero used for his - in general - independent work. You can recommend this edition especially to students who are concerned either in ancient philosophy or in historical studies of psychology.
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