The Latin guide to winning friends and influencing people

21.12.2013                      18.Tewet.5774                      Schmot

Cicero:

The Latin guide to winning friends and influencing people

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….