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The nature of the gods.

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Published by Penguin in Harmondsworth .
Written in English.


About the Book

De Natura deorum (The Nature of the Gods) is a philosophical dialogue by Roman orator Cicero written in 45 BC. It is laid out in three books, each of which discuss the theology of different Roman and Greek philosophers. The dialogue uses a discussion of Stoic, Epicurean, and skeptical theories to examine fundamental questions of theology.

The dialogue is on the whole narrated by Cicero himself, though he does not play an active part in the discussion. Gaius Velleius represents the Epicurean school, Quintus Lucilius Balbus argues for the Stoics, and Gaius Cotta speaks for Cicero's own Academic skepticism. The first book of the dialogue contains Cicero's introduction, Velleius' case for the Epicurean theology and Cotta's criticism of Epicureanism. Book II focuses on Balbus' explanation and defense of Stoic theology. Book III lays out Cotta's criticism of Balbus' claims.

Edition Notes

Bibliography: p. 253-255.
Translation of De natura deorum.
Includes index.

Series The Penguin classics, L265
Genre Early works to 1800.


Dewey Decimal Class 292.07
Library of Congress PA6308.D4 M3

The Physical Object

Pagination 278 p.
Number of pages 278

ID Numbers

Open Library OL5463412M
Internet Archive natureofgods00cice
ISBN 10 0140442650
LC Control Number 73166072
Library Thing 12296
Goodreads 767197

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