Review: The Nature of the Gods

The Nature of the Gods
The Nature of the Gods by Marcus Tullius Cicero

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a magnificent book from beginning to end. Cicero, a generation before Christ, takes on the eternal question of the existence and nature of the divine. To do so, he presents us with a dialogue between representatives of the three greatest traditions of early Roman philosophy: Epicureanism, Stoicism, and the Academy of Athens. The three participants discuss whether there are gods or is a God, what their or his nature might be, what their or his relationship(s) to men might be, and many more questions of a similar nature. The arguments used by all sides sound remarkably modern, demonstrating the unchanging nature of humanity and the questions we face.

The introduction provides a succinct tour of Greco-Roman philosophy, of Cicero the man, and of this particular work. The appendix, a theoretical continuation of the dialogue in the afterlife, is a masterpiece in itself.

I recommend this book to anyone interested in eternal questions, which should be everyone.

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