Cicero's De Re Publica, one of his most famous philosophical works, is written predominantly as a dialogue, which supposedly took place over three days in 129 BCE. The setting is the garden of Scipio Aemilianus (consul 147, 134) at the time of the Latin Festival (De Re Publica. 1.14), a few days before Aemilianus' death (Cicero, On Friendship 14). The principal speakers are Aemilianus and his great friend Gaius Laelius (consul 140), but there are other nobles present and these men contribute at various intervals (Keyes 1928: 3; Lintott 2008: 232).

The work, comprising six books, was begun in 54 and finished in 51 BCE (Keyes 1928: 2-3). Aemilianus and his friends discuss the ideal form of state and …

Please log in to consult the article in its entirety. If you are a member (student of staff) of a subscribing institution (see List), you should be able to access the LE on campus directly (without the need to log in), and off-campus either via the institutional log in we offer, or via your institution's remote access facilities, or by creating a personal user account with your institutional email address. If you are not a member of a subscribing institution, you will need to purchase a personal subscription. For more information on how to subscribe as an individual user, please see under Individual Subcriptions.

Stevenson, Thomas Reginald. "De Re Publica". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 02 July 2009
[, accessed 04 October 2015.]