Cicero - devotion---let men remove riches from their...

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Brandon Ciolfi History 3000 Cicero-On the Laws 1) Cicero believes the origin of law is from god when he created the heaven and earth he imposed His will and laws upon the entire earth and its inhabitants. Cicero said that law was neither a thing to be contrived by the genius of man, nor established by any decree of the people, but a certain eternal principle, which governs the entire universe, wisely commanding what is right and prohibiting what is wrong. Therefore, they called that aboriginal and supreme law the mind of God, enjoining or forbidding each separate thing in accordance with reason 2) Cicero said about civil law that every law which deserves the name of a law ought to be morally good and laudable. Some terms of the religious law are let men approach the gods with purity---let men appear before them in the spirit of
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Unformatted text preview: devotion---let men remove riches from their temples; whoever does otherwise shall suffer the vengeance of heaven---let no one have private gods---and neither new gods nor strange gods, unless publicly acknowledged, are to be worshiped privately. 3) The function of Magistrates is to superintend and prescribe all things which are just and useful, and in accordance with the law. It is said that the law is set over the magistrates and the magistrates are set over the people. Therefore, he said the magistrate is a speaking law, and the law is a silent magistrate. 4) Cicero compared to Aristotle forms of government are the same. They both believed that there were three primary true forms of government, namely, monarchy, aristocracy, and the constitutional state....
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