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Cicero's Stoic Paradoxes is a brilliant and accessible summary of the six major ethical beliefs of Stoicism. The nature of moral goodness, the possession of virtue, good and bad conduct, the transcendence of wisdom, and the sources of real wealth are all discussed with the author's characteristic intensity and wit.

This is the only existing modern translation of this little-known classic, as well as the most detailed study.

Also included here is Cicero's visionary essay "The Dream of Scipio", which is a compelling testament to his belief in the immortality of the soul. Taken together, these two works provide a glimpse into the mind of one of the most influential thinkers of antiquity.

For this special edition, translator Quintus Curtius has returned to the original Latin texts to provide a modern, fresh interpretation of these forgotten classics. Supplementary essays, summaries, and textual notes provide additional guidance and help present these works to a new generation of listeners.

Quintus Curtius can be found at qcurtius.com.

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An outstanding telling of Cicero's essays.

Quintus Curtius always delivers a true to the original telling of the classics. Stoic Paradoxes continues his tradition of well sourced and compellingly told translations. The narrator was clear, concise and brought a classical lilt to the words of Cicero. Any fan of classical literature and philosophy will enjoy this book.

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  • DMJ Aurini
  • WHITES CREEK, TN, United States
  • 08-15-18

An Impassioned Vituperific Against the Unvirtuous!

An excellent translation from the original Latin with an empassioned and dignified voice actor. As a student of the language, I caught where Q.C. was really capturing the spirit - modern words with no precise translation, and yet that is precisely (I thought) what Cicero would have said. The material is very relevant today, in particular his admonishment against men who make themselves a slave to sex or a slave to their wives. And there are some utterly beautiful phrases such as "What is the state? A group of dumb brutes? A collection of liars and thieves?" that I plan to add to my quotable vernacular.