Cicero and His Influence

Cicero and His Influence

Cicero and His Influence

Cicero and His Influence

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Cicero's career, influence and meaning are most important in determining Our Debt to Greece and Rome, which the volumes of this series are aiming to make clear. Cicero, the great mediator, has enshrined the significance of ancient Rome in the hearts of many, and our debt to him is one of the spirit, of enlightenment and charity, of love of truth and liberty. So great is that debt that another volume in the Library is reserved for Cicero, the philosopher.

Professor Rolfe has written a defense of Cicero, such as will commend itself to twentieth century thought. That Cicero's star has, at times, suffered an eclipse is not astonishing. Ignorance may blot out even a gospel of light. But the appraisal of the future is apt to be more cordial than it has sometimes been in the past.

The story of the influence of Cicero is one to command admiration and wonder. Such movements as Christianity, the Renaissance . . .

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