A Commentary on Cicero, De Officiis.
University of Michigan Press, Ann Arbor, 1997. XLI,716p. Original black cloth with dust wprs. Spine gilt titled. Upper edge slightly foxed. Else fine. 'Just as the influence of 'de Officiis' reaches 'perhaps the lowest point since the Dark Ages' (p.40), we are presented with D.'s monumental commentary. This treatise of Cicero was written hastily in late 44 B.C. in the political uncertainty which followed Caesar's assassination. (...) It is a difficult text, which is at the same time philosophical, political, and personal. It is one of the virtues of D.'s commentary that he successfully brings out all these elements. (...) As a historical, philosophical, and literary commentary, D.'s work is a considerable achievement. D. is concerned as much with the overall shape ot the treatise as with specific passages. Throughout, outlines of the structure of Cicero's argument give much-needed clarity to an often obscure text (...). Moreover, generous quotation from Cicero's other works helps to place the treatise within the broader context of his output. This is a volume of enormous learning, beautifulle produced.' (ANDREW ERSKINE in The Classical Review (New Series), 1998, pp.46-47).