How to Be a Friend: An Ancient Guide to True Friendship


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Princeton University Press
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4.8 X 6.9 X 1.2 inches | 0.55 pounds

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About the Author

Philip Freeman is the editor and translator of How to Grow Old, How to Win an Election, and How to Run a Country (all Princeton). He is the author of many books, including Searching for Sappho (Norton) and Oh My Gods: A Modern Retelling of Greek and Roman Myths (Simon & Schuster). He holds the Fletcher Jones Chair of Western Culture at Pepperdine University and lives in Malibu, California.


"Cicero's indispensable dialogue, presented here in a lively new translation, is one of the most important treatments of friendship in the ancient world--and not only the ancient world. Cicero balances a poignant picture of the deep love of genuine friends with a shrewd analysis of practical and political relationships. This work illuminates friendship today and highlights the changes that, like everything with a history, it has undergone with time."--Alexander Nehamas, author of On Friendship
"Originally written in 44 BC, the advice in this book is as timely as ever, perhaps even more so in view of the changing nature of friendship to include the online dimension."--Paradigm Explorer
"This splendid new translation puts Cicero's dialogue on friendship--one of the great works of literature--into fluent, contemporary English. In an era of hollow social media 'friendships, ' these mature thoughts on how to separate friends from flatterers are timely and welcome."--Michael Fontaine, Cornell University
"[A]stutely translated . . . . We learn that friendship is, in the end, an art form."---Tracy Lee Simmons, City Journal