Cicero

  • De Officiis or On Duties, was considered one of the three texts required for a proper education for many centuries. (The others were Plato’s Works & Aristotle’s Ethics.) On Duties was the second book ever printed. The first was the Gutenberg Bible.
  • the purpose of education was to train people to be of service to others, to the common good, non nobis solum nati sumus“we are not born just for ourselves” translating into Latin a sentence from Plato’s Ninth Letter, De Officiis (1.22). responsibility to others, reflects Stoic cosmopolitanism, that we don’t belong just to our own little polis, but are citizens of the world.
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