DE NATURADEORUM. INTRODUCTION. SuBJECT.—In De Natura Deorum Cicero put before. Roman readers the theological views of the three schools. Fdbricatio hominis a Cicerone libro secundo de Natura Deorum descripta cum annotationibus Alberti Novicampiani Cracoviae. (In the British Museum. De natura deorum: Marco Tullio Cicerone ; commento di Carlo Giambelli. Front Cover. Marcus Tullius Cicero. Loescher, – pages.

Author: Kigatilar Meztirr
Country: Pakistan
Language: English (Spanish)
Genre: Education
Published (Last): 19 April 2011
Pages: 15
PDF File Size: 10.16 Mb
ePub File Size: 11.92 Mb
ISBN: 588-2-23720-669-8
Downloads: 47458
Price: Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader: Tojataxe

Ciceorne Euhemerus describes the death and burial of certain gods; are we then to think of him as upholding religion, or rather as utterly and entirely destroying it? If not, there will be degrees of beauty among them, and therefore a god can fall short of supreme beauty.

If we base our friendship on its profit to ourselves, and not on its advantage to those whom we love, it will cixerone be friendship at all, but a mere bartering of selfish interests. The sun, limiting his motion by the two extreme points of one orbit, completes his courses yearly.

Terrors that do not very seriously alarm ordinary people, according to Epicurus haunt the minds of all mortal men: Of course you do not.

This work, although not written by an orthodox Epicurean or Stoic, is important because it supplements the scant primary texts that remain from Epicureans and Stoics discussing their views on religion and theology.

In the first place, how do you know what foreign races believe? It follows that Juno has one form for the Argives, another for the people of Lanuvium, and another for us.

M. Tullio Cicerone: De Natura Deorum : Liber primus

Arcesilas used to attack Zeno ddorum, whereas he himself said that all sense-presentations are false, Zeno said that some were false, but not all. Because, given five fingers, there is no need of another either for appearance or for use. Apart altogether from the nature and attributes of deity, do you think that even human beneficence and benignity are solely due to human infirmity?

He therefore invented a device to escape from determinism the point had apparently escaped the notice of Democritus: Yet if he had not heard from him these doctrines of Democritus, what had he heard? Click on a word to bring up parses, dictionary entries, and frequency statistics. Why, what reason have you for maintaining that men owe worship to the gods, if the gods not only pay no respect to men, 44 but care for nothing and do nothing at all?


LacusCurtius • Cicero — De Natura Deorum I‑

Then why did you venture to assert the existence of, not thousands and thousands, but a countless number of dr Full search options are on the right side and top of the page. How like us is that ugly brute, the ape!

Such that you think you are listening to a Coruncanius or a Scaevola, high priests, not to the man who destroyed the very foundations of religion, and overthrew — not by main force like Xerxes, but by argument — the temples and the altars of the immortal gods.

If this is to secure him immortality, what have these members to do with life? How can such narrowness of mind be possible?

You say that there is an innumerable supply of atoms. They hold that all wise men are friends, even when strangers to each other, since nothing is more lovable than virtue, and he that attains to it will have our esteem in whatever country he dwells. Suppose we grant you that, are we also to say that they are all exactly alike?

That which is blessed and immortal neither experiences trouble nor causes it to anyone. The dialogue is on the whole narrated by Cicero himself, though he does not play an active part in the discussion. More search options Limit Search to: The book contains various obscurities and inconsistencies which demonstrate that it was probably never revised by Cicero, nor published until after his death.

He shows not the faintest trace of the Academy or the Lyceum, or even of the ordinary schoolboy studies. In book 3 Cotta refutes the doctrines of Balbus. You are Velleius wherever you travel, but Vulcan has a different name in Italy, in Africa and in Spain. In a fourth book was ‘discovered’ and published by one ‘P. Velleius judged that the arguments of Cotta were the truest, but those of Balbus seemed to me to have the greater probability. In Fish and Saunders It seems then that god will have a tongue, and will not speak; teeth, a palate, a throat, for no use; the organs that nature has attached to the body for the purpose of procreation — these god will possess, but to no natua and not only the external but also the internal organs, the heart, lungs, liver and the rest, which if they are not useful are assuredly not beautiful — since your school holds that god possesses bodily parts dorum of their beauty.


For how can holiness exist if the gods pay no heed to man’s affairs? The Christian writers Tertullian natur, Minucius FelixLactantiusand Augustine were acquainted with De Natura Deorumand their arguments against polytheism were largely borrowed from it.

All the same you never cease vociferating that deprum must on no account relinquish the divine happiness and immortality. How delightful it would be, Velleius, if when you did not know a thing you would admit your ignorance, instead of uttering this drivel, which must make even your own gorge rise with disgust?

How then do these images arise? You advance a paradox, and then, when you want to escape censure, you adduce in support of it some absolute impossibility; so that you would have done better to abandon the point in dispute rather than to offer so shameless a defence.

Search the Perseus Catalog for: Tell me now, do we also make out the gods to have cicefone same names as those by which they are known to us? You Epicureans at all events are forced to say so, since what is the point of more names when they are all exactly alike? Alcaeus ‘admires a mole upon his favourite’s wrist’; 34 of course a mole is a blemish, but Alcaeus thought it a beauty.

To this also we must agree. What are we to say about the men guilty of sacrilege or impiety or perjury?

Full text of “De natura deorum, libri tres;”

Hide browse bar Your current position in the text is cierone in blue. There is a constant passage or stream of visual presentations which collectively produce a single visual impression.

Show by default Hide by default.