21.12.2013 18.Tewet.5774 Schmot
Toward the end of his life, Roman philosopher Cicero wrote a masterpiece, recently translated into Hebrew, on how power and authority influence friendship.
“On Friendship (Laelius de Amicitia),” by Marcus Tullius Cicero. Translated from Latin with notes and an afterward by Avraham Aroeti. Nahar Books, 99 pages, NIS 79
In the years 45-44 B.C.E., Marcus Tullius Cicero was a shattered man. After a glorious public career in the service of the Roman republic, and after a long series of unforgettable appearances in the Senate and the law-courts, he was essentially forced to retire from public life because of the dictatorial rule of Julius Caesar, with whom he had maintained a complex relationship for many years….