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On the Laws

On the Laws by Marcus Tullius Cicero
By: (106-43 BC)

"On the Laws" by Marcus Tullius Cicero is a thought-provoking and insightful book that delves into the concept of justice, ethics, and the nature of law. Cicero takes the reader on a journey through various philosophical arguments and historical examples to make a compelling case for the importance of upholding the rule of law in society.

The book is well-written and organized, making it easy for readers to follow along and grasp the complex ideas Cicero presents. His arguments are both logical and persuasive, making a strong case for the necessity of laws to maintain order and justice in society.

One of the most intriguing aspects of the book is Cicero's exploration of the relationship between natural law and human law. He argues that laws must align with higher moral principles in order to be just and valid, and that individuals have a duty to obey laws that are in accordance with these principles.

Overall, "On the Laws" is a must-read for anyone interested in philosophy, politics, or ethics. Cicero's insights are still relevant today, and his ideas continue to provoke thought and discussion on the nature of law and justice.

Book Description:
De Legibus (On the Laws) is a philosophical dialogue between: Cicero's friend Titus Pomponius Atticus; Cicero's brother Quintus; and Cicero himself. The dialogue is written in the style of Plato who was greatly revered by Cicero. De Legibus forms a continuation of Cicero's own work De re Publica (On the Commonwealth or On the Republic) and is also a response to Plato's work Νόμοι (Laws). It is unknown how many books the work originally contained but several complete books have been lost. Cicero's emphasis in the surviving work is on the nature and purpose of law as opposed to providing answers to specific legal questions which Cicero considered a mundane pursuit for a lower sort of person. Topics discussed include: the factual basis of myths; natural law; the importance of God; Plato's obsession with music; and reforms needed by the Roman Republic (including political offices and voting).

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Reviews (Rated: 2 Stars - 1 review)

Reviewer: - September 7, 2013
Subject: Awful reading.
The reader sounds like a computer generated voice. He reads with no passion and with such a rigid meter that it sounds almost fake.

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