I have found myself reading a lot of Cicero. Not only is he sometimes the most important source on a particular topic, but where there are other sources he is usually the earliest and the most enjoyable to read. Compared to, say, the doxographical summaries of Diogenes Laertius or Stobaeus, Cicero’s works are well-crafted dialogues written by someone who was philosophically literate and in personal contact with key members of all the philosophical schools of his day. This is especially the case for Stoicism and the sceptical Academy. He is also an important figure in his own right. For Epicureanism we have Lucretius of course, as well as Epicurus’s letters. Together, Cicero and Lucretius have become my regular points of reference.
The table of contents looks like this:
1. What, When, Where, Who
4. The Self
5. The Highest Good
6. Free Will
7. Fate and Death
I have also written and may include a short epilogue entitled ‘Looking East’ in which I comment briefly on connections with Indian philosophy of the period.