Date of Award

Summer 1965

Degree Type

Thesis - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Foreign Languages and Literatures

First Advisor

Wallach, Luitpold

Second Advisor

Jaques, Mary Isaac

Third Advisor

Conley, John


The purpose of this study is to determine what Cicero himself considered to constitute moral goodness. I have avoided as much as possible a discussion of the schools of ancient philosophy and an evaluation of Cicero's logic. I have in general limited the discussion to his philosophical works, for it seemed better to take Cicero at his professed word. The study by Warren Gordis, the estimates of moral values expressed in Cicero's letters (Chicago: 1905), shows among other things that the position held in the philosophical works sometimes differs from that in Cicero's other works. It was my intention to make in this study no unsupported statements and no strained interpretations.