On the Commonwealth

On the Commonwealth

On the Commonwealth

On the Commonwealth

Excerpt

The present volume offers an English version of Cicero's work on the Commonwealth. In addition, we have accompanied the translation with an introduction setting forth in some detail his theory of the state and the sources of that theory, and with such commentary as we thought necessary if the text, especially in its fragmentary shape, was to have any meaning for the general reader. The task was not inconsiderable, because of the lack of technical literature on the subject. It would have been more difficult still, had it not been for the generosity of numerous friends, who gave time and labor to criticizing our manuscript. Accordingly, we take this opportunity to thank those who have read the manuscript in whole or in part and who have made valuable suggestions: Professors A. R. Chandler, F. W. Coker, J. A. O. Larsen, and Dean W. J. Shepard, of the Ohio State University; Dean Paul Nixon of Bowdoin College; and particularly Miss Mabel C. Hawes of the Eastern High School, Washington, D. C.; Professor M. B. Ogle of the Ohio State University; and Professor W. S. Ferguson of Harvard University.

January 1, 1929.

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