Cicero's Approach to Choosing Good Friends

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In this episode, the gents continue to discuss philia, or friendship, the second love in the C.S. Lewis/Ancient Greek hierarchy of love. This discussion focuses on Cicero's take on friendship in his classic work De Amicitia.

Show Highlights:

  • Greek vs. Roman Virtue.
  • Why are good friends virtuous?
  • The relationship between amicitia and amor.
  • Honor and friendship.
  • The "first law of friendship."
  • Three erroneous principles of friendship.
  • Limits and guides to friendship.
  • The importance of loyalty.
  • How does affability help define good friends?
  • The foundation of friendship.
  • New vs. Old Friends.

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