The Classical Quarterly (New Series)

Shorter Notes

The O.C.T. de Officiis: a postscript

Michael Winterbottoma1

a1 Corpus Christi College, Oxford

To my Oxford Classical Text of Cicero's De Officiis, published in 1994, I add two footnotes.

The first is an important citation of Cicero in Augustine, which I missed thanks to my own incompetence. Maurice Testard, in his Saint Augustin et Ciceron remarks in Augustine's Contra Iulianum opus imperfectum not only the passage I note at Off. 1.7, but also 4.43 ( =P.L. 45.1361). Migne's text (repunctuated) reads as follows:

Sequitur ergo ut uerecundiam deponas, ac manente amicitia cum

magistro Cynicis foedereris: quos tamen aliquorum, ut Cicero in

Officiis refert, etiam Stoicorum argumenta comitantur. Arguunt

quippe communem honestatem, ‘quod ea quae re turpia non sint, uerbo

5 flagitiosa ducamus; ilia autem quae re turpia sint, nominibus

appellemus suis. Latrocinium perpetrare, fraudem facere, adulterium

committere, re turpe est, sed dicitur non obscene: liberis operam

dare honestum est re, nomine obscenum. Pluraque in earn sententiam

ab eisdem’ inquit ‘contra uerecundiam disputantur. Nos autem

10 naturam sequamur, et omne quod abhorret ab oculorum auriumque approbatione fugiamus.’.