Marcus Tullius Cicero: Tusculanae Disputationes [Tusculan Disputations]

(1540 words)

Cicero composed his Tusculanae Disputationes, usually translated and referred to as Disputations at Tusculum or Tusculan Disputations (or simply Tusculans) and abbreviated as Tusc. or TD, in the late summer and early autumn of 45 (BCE). The five books of the dialogue purport to record five days of philosophical discussion at his country-villa in Tusculum, a city in the Alban mountains southwest of Rome, near today’s Frascati, that rich Romans used as a retreat from the capital. Each of the books is dedicated to a key theme in philosophical ethics: death, pain, distress, mental disturbances more generally, and virtue. While it is impossible to fix the dramatic date with precision – …

Please log in to consult the article in its entirety. If you are not a subscriber, please click here to read about membership. All our articles have been written recently by experts in their field, more than 95% of them university professors.

Citation:
Gildenhard, Ingo. "Tusculanae Disputationes". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 25 February 2011
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=20500, accessed 31 October 2014.]