“On Duties” Is Now Available For Pre-Order

I’m proud to announce that my new book, an annotated, fully explanatory edition of Cicero’s On Duties, is now available for pre-order.  The Kindle version is available for pre-order now (with an actual release date of July 1), and the paperback version will be available on July 1 as well.

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This book was designed specifically with the needs of the modern reader in mind.

It contains a number of innovative features that are found in no other edition.  All in all, this is a significant achievement in both scholarship and teaching, and was the fruit of a great deal of painstaking effort.

I am confident that readers will find the book to be the most complete, readable, 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, it also serves as a profoundly ennobling vision of man. Acknowledged as a 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 brings Cicero into the 21st century, while at the same time preserving the majesty and elegance of the original. Lucid, precise, and accessible, this complete and unabridged translation was designed specifically to meet the needs of the modern reader.

You will find:

  •  An innovative topical organizational scheme that permits easy, fast location of subjects and terms
  •  Almost three hundred detailed textual notes for unfamiliar terms and historical references
  •  Commentaries on the text
  •  Complete subject and name index
  •  Additional explanatory essays

Additional questions can be directed to qcurtius@gmail.com.


5 thoughts on ““On Duties” Is Now Available For Pre-Order

  1. Thank you very much Doc.
    It actually is a masterpiece. That statement is immodest, of course…but it’s also absolutely true. This is the best version of this classic available in English, period.


    • I have read all your previous works, and all have been like some unexplained melty food for the soul that she’s been longing and waiting for. Your talent for making the words flow and carry those timeless wisdoms and messages from a time long past is second to none. So, no doubt this latest work with be as captivating, unlocking magic that has not been accessible for 2000+ years. Modest or immodest, that’s not the question – we are talking about facts here. March on, soldier.

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  2. Congratulations Quintus. I ordered the hard copy. I’ve been waiting for this one and I appreciate your hard work in making it happen. When you announced the project (seemingly a year or so ago) I didn’t doubt you, but I wondered if you could actually accomplish the task in the allotted time you stated. Well done.

    As an aside, I’m curious why you seem to never acknowledge Cicero’s De Finibus (“On Moral Ends”)? I’ve been wanting to ask you this for a while, so bear with me. You don’t list it as one of Cicero’s works while giving comprehensive lists (in “Stoic Paradoxes” for instance), let alone refer to it in your writings or podcasts that deal with Cicero, yet De Finibus has always been one of my favorites and your lack of comment leaves me wondering if I’ve missed something. One of my best academic papers (co-written with my brother) is on De Finibus. The process of studying the work and writing the paper was transformative for me and I continue to regard De Finibus as one of Cicero’s finest works. By all means, correct me if I’m wrong; maybe I have made an oversight in your own work. Regardless, I’m eagerly awaiting the arrival of On Duties.

    Congrats again!

    All the best,



    • Critobulus:
      You are absolutely right…my omission of De finibus from that list in one of the essays was purely inadvertent on my part, I can assure you. It’s an oversight I need to correct in a second edition. I am thinking of releasing a “second edition” of “Paradoxes” later this year that should take care of that.
      One of the thinks I like about “Stoic Paradoxes” is that we combine both the work itself, along with the Somnium Scipionis. You can’t find these annotated works anywhere else in a separate book.
      Thanks for buying “On Duties.” I can assure you of this, without any hesitation: this is the very best edition available in English. The quality of the Latin translation, the organization, and everything else make this so. You will see.

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