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The Moralia (Greek: Ἠθικά Ethika) by Plutarch of Chaeronea is a collection of writings by Plutarch, loosely bound by the subject of morals in the sense of mores or customs, and encompassing all of Plutarch's extant works apart from the Parallel Lives. Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2016 at Tom's Learning Notes
The Letters to Quintus (Latin: Epistulae ad Quintum Fratrem) is a collection of letters from the Roman writer and statesman Marcus Tullius Cicero to his brother Quintus, written mainly between 59 and 54 BCE. Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2016 at Tom's Learning Notes
The Letters to Friends (Latin: Epistulae ad Familiares) is a collection of letters from the Roman writer and statesman Marcus Tullius Cicero to various friends and relations, published by Cicero's secretary Tiro. Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2016 at Tom's Learning Notes
The Letters to Brutus (Latin: Epistulae ad Brutum) is a collection of letters from the Roman statesman and writer Marcus Tullius Cicero to Marcus Junius Brutus, the assassin of Julius Caesar. Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2016 at Tom's Learning Notes
The Letters to Atticus (Latin: Epistulae ad Atticum) is a collection of correspondence between Cicero and his close friend Atticus, covering the period between 68 and 43 BCE. Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2016 at Tom's Learning Notes
On Duties or On Obligations (Latin: De Officiis) is Cicero's last work on ethics, addressed to his son Marcus, who was studying philosophy in Athens at the time of its completion in 44 BCE. Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2016 at Tom's Learning Notes
The Theogony (Greek: Θεογονία, Theogonía), a poem by Hesiod, is the earliest and most important systematic account of Greek mythology. Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2016 at Tom's Learning Notes
On Friendship (Latin: Laelius de Amicitia) is a dialogue by Cicero, which argues that true friendship is founded on virtue. Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2016 at Tom's Learning Notes
On Old Age (Latin De Senectute or Cato Maior de Senectute) is a dialogue by Cicero, written about 44 BC, and set a century earlier. Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2016 at Tom's Learning Notes
On Fate (Latin: De Fato) is a partly extant work by Cicero, written in 44 BC, in which he discusses fate and freedom of the will with his friend Aulus Hirtius. Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2016 at Tom's Learning Notes
On Divination (Latin: De Divinatione) is a dialogue by Cicero published in 44 BC, shortly after the death of Caesar. Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2016 at Tom's Learning Notes
On the Nature of the Gods (Latin: De Natura Deorum) is a dialogue by Cicero which examines theology from the point of view of various philosophical schools. Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2016 at Tom's Learning Notes
The Isagoge or Introduction by Porphyry is a commentary on Aristotle's Categories, which became a key logical text of the Middle Ages, being translated into Arabic via Syriac, and into Latin by Boethius. Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2016 at Tom's Learning Notes
The Tusculan Disputations (Latin: Tusculanae Disputationes or Tusculanae Quaestiones), written in 44BC, is a philosophical treatise in which Cicero defends Stoic views on happiness. Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2016 at Tom's Learning Notes
On the Ends of Good and Evil or On Moral Ends (Latin: De finibus bonorum et malorum), composed by Cicero in 45 BC, presents the ethical teachings of the major philosophical schools of the time in the form of dialogues recounted by Cicero to his friend Brutus. Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2016 at Tom's Learning Notes
The Natural History (Latin: Naturalis Historia) by Pliny the Elder, was dedicated to the Emperor Titus in 77 CE, and published posthumously, following Pliny's death while observing the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 CE. Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2016 at Tom's Learning Notes
The Institutes of Oratory (Latin: Institutio Oratoria) is a treatise by Quintilian on the education of an orator. Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2016 at Tom's Learning Notes
Orator, not to be confused with On the Orator, is a treatise by Cicero, setting out the qualities required by the ideal orator, along with a plan for his education. Cicero singles out Demosthenes as the greatest of Greek models, because of his mastery of the plain, the grand and the middle styles. Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2016 at Tom's Learning Notes
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The Atlas of Ancient Geography by Dr Samuel Butler was published in 1851, so no doubt it is obsolete for serious academic purposes, but I have yet to find a classical text, or classical scholar, that it couldn't illuminate. Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2016 at Tom's Learning Notes
The Brutus or De claris oratibus is a dialogue by Cicero, surviving in somewhat fragmentary condition, on the history of oratory in Greece and Rome. Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2016 at Tom's Learning Notes
On the Laws (Latin: De Legibus) is a dialogue by Cicero written about 51 BC, which survives only in fragmentary form. Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2016 at Tom's Learning Notes
De Re Publica, variously translated as The Republic, On the Republic or On the Commonwealth, is Cicero's major work on political theory. Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2016 at Tom's Learning Notes
Back in October, I looked at the likely voting numbers in the Commons ahead of Labour's motion for a parliamentary debate on Brexit strategy. Despite a notional Government majority of 16, the Government elected to accept Keir Starmer's opposition motion on 12 October, suggesting that they feared defeat. I have updated the figures below ahead of Labour's opposition day debate on 7 December Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2016 at The Green Ribbon
On the Orator (Latin: De Oratore) is a dialogue by Cicero on the qualities of the ideal public speaker. Addressed to his brother Quintus, it was written in 55 BCE during a period of absence from public life under the first triumvirate. It was set a generation earlier in 91... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2016 at Tom's Learning Notes
The Enquiry into Plants (Greek: ,Περὶ φυτῶν ἱστορία) by Theophrastus is the earliest major work on botany in the classical tradition Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2016 at Tom's Learning Notes