Cicero's De re publica contains the fullest ancient account of the theory of the mixed constitution and the oldest extant narrative of early Roman history; it concludes with the Dream of Scipio, one of the most influential ancient visions of the afterlife. The argument of the dialogue concerns the relationship between political theory and practice, and between social institutions and the individual citizen. This edition of most of the surviving portions of De re publica is the most detailed commentary ever to appear in English. It explains Cicero's philosophical argument and its relationship to his account of early Rome, and thoroughly elucidates the language and style of the treatise. The introduction offers a new and provocative interpretation of Cicero's dialogue as a work both of literature and of political philosophy.
• First commentary in English on most of De re publica, making the dialogue available to students for the first time • New interpretation of a major work of political philosophy • Provides an accessible text of the first extant account of early Roman history
Introduction: 1. Context; 2. Composition, setting, form; 3. Argument, structure, sources; 4. Style; 5. Text; M. TVLLI CICERONIS DE RE PVBLICA LIBRI; Commentary.