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On the Nature of the Gods. Academics

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Cicero (Marcus Tullius, 10643 BCE), Roman lawyer, orator, politician and philosopher, of whom we know more than of any other Roman, lived through the stirring era which saw the rise, dictatorship, and death of Julius Caesar in a tottering republic. In his political speeches especially and in his correspondence we see the excitement, tension and intrigue of politics and the

Hardcover, Loeb Classical Library #268, 663 pages
Published January 1st 1933 by Harvard University Press
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Viktoria Michaelis
Jan 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Accepting something merely because it has always been that way - whether in a religious sense or any other - has always been the easiest thing a person can do. Discussion, on the other hand, is difficult, especially when the discussion takes place between people of different opinions, different beliefs, different cultural backgrounds.

To understand much of the present day arguments about religion it is necessary to go back through time and see how some of these beliefs began, where they have thei
Mar 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
In this book Cicero attempts to analyse the nature of the Gods according to other philosophical schools and religious thinking at the time. I am amazed by the currency of his thoughts. And think it's a remarkable work on the intersectionality of philosophy/ theology. Remarkable by its comprehensive examination: Epicurus, Stoics, natural philosophy all were detailed. He also turned his analysis to the views of Thales of Miletus, Anaximenes and Anaxagoras, who thought all things were planned and a ...more
Jackson Cyril
Aug 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Cicero examines the existing religious (and philosophical) currents of the day, offering critiques on them and their justifications. Some of his arguments against God are surprisingly fresh, and many of his arguments for the existence of the divine are still used today to justify God.
Aug 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Cicero's De Natura Deorum is one of his few attempts at theology--if it can be called that. With the eye of a suspicious stoic, he surveys the many religions and cults of the late republican period. Some wonderful writing here.
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Yes, most will find I reread many of my favorites. That is the mark of a good book, its rereadable factor!
Jake Yaniak
Dec 08, 2014 rated it liked it
It was fascinating to see how little has changed (not progressed) in the debate between theism and atheism. Epicurus' philosophy is spanked soundly, as it ought to be, but the opposition does little to impress the mind with any sense of certainty concerning the existence of God.

At one laughable moment one of the speakers in this dialogue foreshadows the silliness of Ray Comfort's 'Banana Argument' by suggesting that the fittedness of an ox's neck for the yoke is proof of the divine providence of
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Marcus Tullius Cicero, Roman philosopher, statesman, lawyer, political theorist, and Roman constitutionalist. Cicero is widely considered one of Rome's greatest orators and prose stylists.