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Title Page, Copyright

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Contents

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pp. v-vi

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Introduction

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pp. vii-xix

Marcus Tullius Cicero was born in 106 BC, four hundred years after Rome had expelled her last king and established the Republic. Cicero was from the small country town of Arpinum in the hills southeast of Rome. It was also the home...

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How to Run a Country

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pp. 1-65

In the surviving passages of his book On the State, Cicero provides a systematic discussion of political theory, including a famous passage on the idea that divine law underlies the universe...

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Cicero’s Epilogue: The Fallen State

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pp. 66-67

The poet who wrote these words so brief and true seems to me to have heard them from a divine oracle. For neither men by themselves without a state based on strong customs nor...

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Latin Texts

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pp. 68-114

On the State 3.33: Est quidem vera lex recta ratio naturae congruens, diffusa in omnes, constans, sempiterna, quae vocet ad officium iubendo, vetando a fraude deterreat; quae tamen...

Passages Translated

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pp. 115-120

Glossary

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pp. 121-130

Further Reading

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pp. 131-132