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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 V

Tusculan Disputations V

(p.79) Tusculan Disputations V
Cicero: Tusculan Disputations II and V

A. E. Douglas

A. E. Douglas

Liverpool University Press

This chapter provides the original text and translation of Book V of Cicero's Tusculans. It explores the value of philosophy that combines passionate eloquence with linguistic control and shows a wealth of unusual and sometimes surprising metaphor. It also points out how Book V as a whole is almost free of the anacolutha that was frequent in Book II, implying that the exploitation of the freedom of Latin word order is masterly. The chapter discusses how some passages in Book V lacked complete coherence of thought even though the transitions were indeed skilful, such as 'virtue enough for the happy life'. It assesses the fundamental tenet of philosophy, such as doubts and weaknesses.

Keywords:   Cicero, Tusculans, philosophy, passionate eloquence, linguistic control, Latin word order

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