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On the Nature of the Gods: Cicero
Do the gods exist? If so, what is their nature? And how do they interact with the world of human beings, if they care about them at all?
Dear Classical Wisdom Reader,
In 45 B.C., the Roman statesman and philosopher Cicero embarked on an almost impossible task... He wrote a philosophical dialogue trying to understand the gods, their nature, how they interact with the world of human beings... and indeed, if they care about humans at all!
On the Nature of the Gods (De Natura Deorum) tries to answer these eternal questions through the ancient philosophical approaches of Epicureanism, Stoicism and Skepticism. While Cicero is present in all the dialogues, he does not participate... instead three speakers represent the three differing perspectives and help illuminate his thoughts.
Containing profound psychological and moral insights, this seminal text - recently translated by George J. Thomas (with the pen name Quintus Curtius) - is a compelling testament to the necessity of human agency in an indifferent universe.
But what do these approaches say... and what can they teach us today?
Join famed translator George J. Thomas and Professor of Classics at Cornell University, Michael Fontaine, for a fascinating conversation on the Nature of Gods and how ancient philosophy can help us understand the divine.
Taking place on September 14th at NOON EST, make sure to register in advance.
I hope you can join us!
All the best,
Founder and Director
Classical Wisdom and Classical Wisdom Kids