Cicero’s doctrine of the great year

Author: Coleman-Norton P. R.
Title: Cicero’s doctrine of the great year
Review/Collection: "Laval Théologique et Philosophique", III
Year edition: 1947
Pages: 293-302
Keywords: Philosophie - Filosofia - Philosophy, Sources - Fonti - Sources
Description: Among ancient authors M. Tullius Cicero appears to have the m ost separate references to the Great Year (annus magnus), as this celestial configuration commonly is called. Since mention of this theory is made only in his philosophical treatises, we may suppose not unreasonably that for Cicero this phaenomenon possessed a philosophical significance. But, on the other hand, even a casual scrutiny of Cicero’s philosophical works will show that in these there are not a few topics for which a philosophical connexion can not be claimed. If our inquiry will have supported this supposition, we shall inquire then what this doctrine m eant to Cicero and how effective was Cicero’s employment of this tenet, — a subject not hith erto investigated. [Author].
Author initials: Coleman-Norton 1947