The treatise is composed of three books. As our previous and ongoing read, Seneca's Letters from a Stoic, this too is written in the form of a letter. The treatise is written to his son.
Throughout the series we have taken note of Lymond's discussion or observation of these men of the Church.The work's legacy is profound. Although not a Christian work, St. Ambrose in 390 declared it legitimate for the Church to use (along with everything else Cicero, and the equally popular Roman philosopher Seneca, had written). It became a moral authority during the Middle Ages. Of the Church Fathers, St. Augustine, St. Jerome and even more so St. Thomas Aquinas, are known to have been familiar with it. Illustrating its importance, some 700 handwritten copies remain extant in libraries around the world dating back to before the invention of the printing press. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/De_Officiis
It is also interesting to read that Cicero had been influenced by the stoics, and so, it becomes evident as to why Lymond has this philosophic view of the world he inhabits.
Our discussion will open on Wednesday, June 6th, 2018. All are welcome.