How to Run a Country: An Ancient Guide for Modern Leaders

By Marcus Tullius Cicero, Philip Freeman

Marcus Cicero, Rome's maximum statesman and orator, used to be elected to the Roman Republic's maximum place of work at a time whilst his loved state used to be threatened by way of power-hungry politicians, dire financial issues, overseas turmoil, and political events that refused to interact. Sound normal? Cicero's letters, speeches, and different writings are full of undying knowledge and functional perception approximately how one can clear up those and different difficulties of management and politics. the way to Run a rustic collects the easiest of those writings to supply an wonderful, good judgment consultant for contemporary leaders and voters. This short booklet, a sequel to How to Win an Election, gathers Cicero's such a lot perceptive recommendations on subject matters similar to management, corruption, the stability of strength, taxes, battle, immigration, and the significance of compromise. those writings have motivated nice leaders--including America's Founding Fathers--for thousand years, and they're simply as instructive this day as once they have been first written.

equipped via subject and that includes energetic new translations, the ebook additionally comprises an creation, headnotes, a thesaurus, feedback for extra studying, and an appendix containing the unique Latin texts. the result's an enlightening creation to a couple of the main enduring political knowledge of all time.

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Tanta erat illorum coniunctio. Nunc impendet, ut et tu ostendis et ego video, summa inter eos contentio. Me autem uterque numerat suum, nisi specialty simulat adjust. Nam Pompeius non dubitat; vere enim iudicat ea quae de re publica nunc sentiat mihi valde probari. Vtriusque autem accepi eius modi litteras eodem tempore quo tuas, ut neuter quemquam omnium pluris facere quam me videretur. Verum quid agam? . . . Non est locus advert tergiversandum. ninety one L AT I N T E XT S funds and tool On tasks 2. 72–78: Ut etiam singulis consulatur, sed ita, ut ea res aut prosit aut certe ne obsit rei publicae. C. Gracchi frumentaria magna largitio; exhauriebat igitur aerarium; modica M. Octavi et rei publicae tolerabilis et plebi necessaria; ergo et civibus et rei publicae salutaris. In primis autem videndum erit ei, qui rem publicam administrabit, ut suum quisque teneat neque de bonis privatorum publice deminutio fiat. Perniciose enim Philippus, in tribunatu cum legem agrariam ferret, quam tamen antiquari facile passus est et in eo vehementer se moderatum praebuit—sed cum in agendo multa populariter, tum illud male, “non esse in civitate duo milia hominum, qui rem haberent. ” Capitalis oratio est, advert aequationem bonorum pertinens; qua peste quae potest esse ninety two L AT I N T E XT S maior? Hanc enim ob causam maxime, ut sua tenerentur, res publicae civitatesque constitutae sunt. Nam, etsi duce natura congregabantur hominess, tamen spe custodiae rerum suarum urbium praesidia quaerebant. Danda etiam opera est, ne, quod apud maiores nostros saepe fiebat propter aerarii tenuitatem assiduitatemque bellorum, tributum sit down conferendum, idque ne eveniat, multo ante erit providendum. Sin quae necessitas huius muneris alicui rei publicae obvenerit (malo enim quam nostrae ominari; neque tamen de nostra, sed de omni re publica disputo), danda erit opera, ut omnes intellegant, si salvi esse velint, necessitati esse parendum. Atque etiam omnes, qui rem publicam gubernabunt, consulere debebunt, ut earum rerum copia take a seat, quae sunt necessariae. Quarum qualis comparatio fieri soleat et debeat, non est necesse ninety three L AT I N T E XT S disputare; est enim in promptu; tantum locus attingendus fuit. Caput autem est in omni procuratione negotii et muneris publici, ut avaritiae pellatur etiam minima suspicio. “Utinam,” inquit C. Pontius Samnis, “ad illa tempora me fortuna reservavisset et tum essem natus, quando Romani dona accipere coepissent! Non essem passus diutius eos imperare. ” Ne illi multa saecula exspectanda fuerunt; modo enim hoc malum in hanc rem publicam invasit. Itaque facile patior tum potius Pontium fuisse, siquidem in illo tantum fuit roboris. Nondum centum et decem anni sunt, cum de pecuniis repetundis a L. Pisone lata lex est, nulla antea cum fuisset. At vero postea tot leges et proximae quaeque duriores, tot rei, tot damnati, tantum Italicum bellum propter iudiciorum metum excitatum, tanta sublatis legibus et iudiciis expilatio direptioque sociorum, ut imbecillitate aliorum, non nostra virtute valeamus. ninety four L AT I N T E XT S Laudat Africanum Panaetius, quod fuerit abstinens.

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