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Questions tagged [cicero]

Questions relating to the works of Marcus Tullius Cicero (106–43 BC).

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Uter vs. Uterque

The way I learned 'uter' and 'uterque' was as follows. 'Uter' is like the Greek 'πότερος', meaning (in interrogative uses) 'which, of two?' and (in non-interrogative uses) 'either, of two'. I learned ...
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Cicero's De Finibus (looking for the original sentence that translate to “to be chosen but not to be desired.”)

I love the Stoic doctrine and I would like to know from the original text (see excerpt under), the sentence that can capture the essence of one of the Stoic doctrine, that can be translated in modern ...
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Translation of de Natura Deorum, 53

“Infima est quinque errantium terraeque proxuma stella Veneris, quae Φωσφόρος Graece, Latine dicitur Lucifer, cum antegreditur solem, cum subsequitur autem Hesperos," Source: M. Tullius Cicero, de ...
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Did Cicero say or write “dubitando ad veritatem pervenimus”?

I have seen the phrase "Dubitando ad veritatem pervenimus." attributed to Cicero in some websites and books, some of them claiming to find it in De officiis (for instance Diccionario Akal Del ...
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What is the meaning of this quote by Marcus Tullius Cicero?

I came across this quote: "Laudant quae sciunt, vituperant quae ignorant; laudare a bonis et vituperari a malis unun atque idem est." It was attributed to Cicero, but it seems that this ...
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Descriptive example of Cicero's style

Cicero has produced quite a lot of Latin prose in what is considered excellent style. I would like to find ways to demonstrate briefly what Cicero's style is all about. If you had to demonstrate ...
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Why does Cicero in his In Verrem pretend he has not heard of Praxiteles before?

In Cicero In Verrem, II, iv, 4, unum Cupidinis marmoreum Praxiteli; nimirum didici etiam, dum in istum inquiro, artificum nomina. idem, opinor, artifex eiusdem modi Cupidinem fecit illum qui est ...
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Why did Cicero switch from “abs te” to “a te” in his later works?

Lewis and Short, in their entry on ab, describe a shift in use of abs in Cicero's works that had far-reaching ramifications: The use of abs was confined almost exclusively to the combination abs te ...
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“vel” in Tusculan Disputations V.iii

In the Tusculan Disputations V.iii, Cicero writes about Pythagoras declaring that life seems to him like the great Greek games: Nam ut illic alii corporibus exercitatis gloriam et nobilitatem ...
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“omniaque perpeti ipsa” in De Finibus

In De Finibus 48, Cicero writes Qui ingenuis studiis atque artibus delectantur, nonne videmus eos nec valetudinis nec rei familiaris habere rationem omniaque perpeti ipsa cognitione et scientia ...
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What is the meaning of “ratio” in the second Catilinarian V.9?

Having finally gotten a basic handle on the sorts of things rés can mean, I find myself stymied by ratió. I've understood it as meaning essentially "process of (logical) thinking," and that tends to ...
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Meaning of “S. P. D.” in letters

I have been reading Cicero's letters in translation on the Perseus.uchicago.edu site, but check the Latin to improve my limited ability. Most of the letters include S. P. D. in the salutation, and I ...