Dear Classical Wisdom Member,
While the classics can be considered a cornerstone of the Western world, it would not be a stretch to say that Cicero, the man, the legend, was a cornerstone of the classical age.
So prominent was his role in the history of Rome, and so lasting was his influence in the realms of philosophy and oratory, that there is not a classical reader in the world who isn’t, at least somewhat, familiar with his presence in the scope of history and the ideals for which he stood.
He was also a philosophically-minded individual who is often given credit for introducing much of Rome to the chief schools of philosophy from the golden age of ancient Greece. He followed the teachings of Socrates and Plato. He believed all virtue springs from knowledge and that all vice is born from ignorance.
Cicero was, without doubt, a giant of the classical age.
I would encourage you to pursue knowledge (and thus virtue) by reading this edition of Classical Wisdom Litterae (below) to learn more about this epic figure as well as the lasting impact he had on our world.
It covers his legacy as a statesman, philosopher, orator and his impact on language itself. (As well as a funny insight into his name…something most of us enjoy eating…)
We also have a special e-book anthology collecting the best of his orations and letters, so you can get to the original texts and read Cicero for yourself:
It’s clear I’ve got Cicero on the mind.
Most likely because of tomorrow’s big event, our panel discussion on Grief and Loss, focuses on Cicero’s lost masterpiece, “Consolation”.
We will discuss how Cicero writes himself out of depression and how his philosophical views compare with Stoicism and modern practices.
If you haven’t registered, make sure to do so here (and enter to win the new, very readable translation of Cicero’s lost masterpiece):
Perhaps read a bit of Cicero first… and decide for yourself if his Consolation is legit.. or not.
All the best,
Founder and Director