How to Be a Friend by Marcus Tullius Cicero audiobook

How to Be a Friend: An Ancient Guide to True Friendship

By Marcus Tullius Cicero
Translated and with an introduction by Philip Freeman
Read by Shaun Grindell

HighBridge, Highbridge Audio 9780691177199

The Ancient Wisdom for Modern Readers Series

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In a world where social media, online relationships, and relentless self-absorption threaten the very idea of deep and lasting friendships, the search for true friends is more important than ever. In this short book, which is one of the greatest ever written on the subject, the famous Roman politician and philosopher Cicero offers a compelling guide to finding, keeping, and appreciating friends. With wit and wisdom, Cicero shows us not only how to build friendships but also why they must be a key part of our lives. For, as Cicero says, life without friends is not worth living. Filled with timeless advice and insights, Cicero's heartfelt and moving classic—written in 44 BC and originally titled De Amicitia—has inspired readers for more than two thousand years, from St. Augustine and Dante to Thomas Jefferson and John Adams. Presented here in a lively new translation and an inviting introduction, How to Be a Friend explores how to choose the right friends, how to avoid the pitfalls of friendship, and how to live with friends in good times and bad. Cicero also praises what he sees as the deepest kind of friendship—one in which two people find in each other "another self" or a kindred soul.

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In a world where social media, online relationships, and relentless self-absorption threaten the very idea of deep and lasting friendships, the search for true friends is more important than ever. In this short book, which is one of the greatest ever written on the subject, the famous Roman politician and philosopher Cicero offers a compelling guide to finding, keeping, and appreciating friends. With wit and wisdom, Cicero shows us not only how to build friendships but also why they must be a key part of our lives. For, as Cicero says, life without friends is not worth living.

Filled with timeless advice and insights, Cicero's heartfelt and moving classic—written in 44 BC and originally titled De Amicitia—has inspired readers for more than two thousand years, from St. Augustine and Dante to Thomas Jefferson and John Adams. Presented here in a lively new translation and an inviting introduction, How to Be a Friend explores how to choose the right friends, how to avoid the pitfalls of friendship, and how to live with friends in good times and bad. Cicero also praises what he sees as the deepest kind of friendship—one in which two people find in each other "another self" or a kindred soul.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“This splendid new translation puts Cicero’s dialogue on friendship―one of the great works of literature―into fluent, contemporary English. In an era of hollow social media ‘friendships,’ these mature thoughts on how to separate friends from flatterers are timely and welcome.” Michael Fontaine, Cornell University
“Cicero’s indispensable dialogue, presented here in a lively new translation, is one of the most important treatments of friendship in the ancient world.” Alexander Nehamas, author of On Friendship

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Author Bio: Marcus Tullius Cicero

Author Bio: Marcus Tullius Cicero

Marcus Tullius Cicero (106–43 BC), commonly known as Cicero, was a Roman statesman, philosopher, orator, and lawyer. Born into an aristocratic family, he studied law and served a term as consul in 63 BC. Following the assassination of Caesar in 44 BC, to which he was a witness, he argued in front of the senate for the restoration of the republic but was unsuccessful. In 43 BC, he was murdered on the orders of Mark Antony. Cicero’s works include philosophic writings, speeches made as a lawyer and a senator, and letters.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Nonfiction/Family & Relationships
Runtime: 1.61
Audience: Adult
Language: English