Cicero, On Divination

Cicero  (Musei Capitolini, Rome)

Cicero (Musei Capitolini, Rome)

Bill Thayer is no fan of the Roman author Cicero, but has put online an English translation (Loeb) of the two books On Divination. Bill’s very own synopsis: “He doesn’t believe in it”. The webmaster of LacusCurtius adds that the text “appeals more to our sense of reasonableness than to reason: its refutation of the various superstitions involved makes for pleasant reading, but humor and loose captiousness are hardly proofs, and the main interest of the work is in the details he winds up furnishing about the odd practices he makes fun of.”

To which I have only to add that the text was, until today, not available online, and that the Latin text can be found here.

2 Responses to Cicero, On Divination

  1. jpvdgiessen says:

    Ha Jona,

    De link naar On Divination werkt niet.

  2. Bill Thayer says:

    I should have responded to this long time ago — but the link does work; there may have been a very temporary glitch at the time that previous comment was made (probably a final site edit blocking access for a few minutes).

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