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Cicero: Tusculan Disputations II and V$
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A. E. Douglas

Print publication date: 1989

Print ISBN-13: 9780856684333

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9780856684333.001.0001

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Tusculan Disputations 111 & IV

Tusculan Disputations 111 & IV

(p.77) Tusculan Disputations 111 & IV
Cicero: Tusculan Disputations II and V

A. E. Douglas

Liverpool University Press

This chapter provides a summary of Book III and IV of Cicero's Tusculans. It discusses how the two books deal with the question of whether the wise man (sapiens) is subject to mental distress or strong or excessive emotions. It also explains the stoic view of the wise man, to which Cicero adheres throughout, that suggests that he is virtually self-refuting. The chapter addresses questions on the isolation of mental and emotional problems, which Cicero regarded as less important than the conquest of the fear of death and the endurance of physical pain. It looks at the Roman attitude to Greek openness about homosexuality that compelled Cicero to agree with Epicurus.

Keywords:   Cicero, Tusculans, wise man, mental distress, self-refuting, death, physical pain, homosexuality

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