• On Duties

  • A Guide to Conduct, Obligations, and Decision-Making
  • By: Quintus Curtius
  • Narrated by: Saethon Williams
  • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (41 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

This is the most complete, easy-to-follow, and explanatory edition of Cicero's On Duties available in English.

On Duties represents the pinnacle of Western moral philosophy. Not only is it an unmatched practical guide to conduct, but it also serves as a profoundly ennobling vision of man.

Acknowledged as a supreme moral authority for many centuries, it was the second book, after the Gutenberg Bible, to be printed following the invention of the printing press.

This new English translation by Quintus Curtius was specifically designed with the needs of the modern listener in mind. It reproduces the majesty and elegance of the original, while at the same time containing features found in no other edition.

Lucid, precise, and accessible, this complete and unabridged edition contains detailed commentaries, additional explanatory essays, and much more. 

Quintus Curtius is an attorney, writer, and former Marine officer. He can be found at www.qcurtius.com.

©2016 Quintus Curtius (P)2018 Quintus Curtius

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Solid, with room for thought

Cicero layed out solid arguments for the principles of what makes an action good, differentiating "good" from "pleasurable" and allowing the reader room to ponder if and how to apply these to their life. Saethon Williams spoke well as narrator, and was easy to imagine as being Cicero.

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Great story

Remarkable to me that someone who lived so long ago has and shares ideas on living and action in a way that can still be reflected on by people of modernity.

The reader's hollow echoed mouth had excessive amounts of lip smacking, saliva cracking, and general annoyances of the mouth. I really wish someone else had read this. I found it extremely annoying hearing the echo of the reader's tongue in their mouth smacking saliva against their pallette.

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Great Insights

Read it and pass it on to a man you know afterwards. a valuable book.

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audio engineer needs a talkin to.

excellent read. excellent translation. audio engineer needs a talkin to, though. there is a high-pitched keening not unlike feedback that plays throughout.

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Add this to your library.

This is an excellent translation. The narrator added to the philosophical tone of the book

This is a great work full of wisdom.