Cicero and De Republica: Christianity and Classical Culture, Episode 24

In this episode Dr Fleming discusses Book I of De Republica. Cicero writes, in his own way, that when it comes to government and amelioration of the public good, that it is “not good for man to be alone.” Dr. Fleming also alludes to Cicero’s conception of the ideal composition of the commonwealth (not the “state”).

Original Air Date: June 2018
Show Run Time: 46 minutes
Show Guest(s): Dr. Thomas Fleming
Show Host(s): Stephen Heiner


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10 Responses

  1. Dot says:

    Dr. Fleming,

    I would like to listen to your Cicero podcast but there is no sound. I am a qualified subscriber.

  2. Dot says:

    P.S. The reason why I am so interested in this podcast is that I would like to go to Chicago for the symposium but know that I’ll never get there. Traveling on my own to a strange place doesn’t appeal to me.

  3. Avatar photo Thomas Fleming says:

    Dot, I appreciate your interest. The podcasts are available to all Gold and Charter Subscribers. Soon we shall make them available for a small fee for each use to Silver Subscribers. I don’t know at what level you are subscribed, but I will pass on your problem to the webmaster. I just checked, and it works on my computer. Is the problem that you are blocked or simply get no sound? The latter has happened to me when somehow the sound on one of my infernal machines has been inadvertently muted.

  4. Dot says:

    Dr. Fleming, I am not getting any sound at all. The Question and Answer Part 2 Episode 28 doesn’t have sound either. I may take the computer to have it checked. I am a charter subscriber.

  5. Dot says:

    Dr. Fleming, I called my son and he helped me get the sound back 🙂

  6. Avatar photo Thomas Fleming says:


  7. Dot says:

    I heard your podcast and am sure that those who attend your symposium on Cicero will be in for a treat.

  8. Robert Reavis says:

    My one question is did the incarnation of God into the world of man, add or detract from man’s understanding of himself? I know you must. Have been disappointed with the answers you received from the old Chronicle’s issue that raised those questions.Only Claude from France had clue to what

  9. Robert Reavis says:

    the answer might haveinvluded

  10. Avatar photo Thomas Fleming says:

    Robert, don’t know nothin bout no magazine. A normal man tries to do what he can with the resources he has. Once upon a time, Clyde and I created the Southern Partisan, only to have greedy lazy jerks take it over for sordid purposes. It’s the never-ending story that everyone should know who has ever served on a non-profit board. Some create, others manipulate, corrupt, and destroy.

    Man’s understanding of himself was the reflection he saw in the tarnished mirror. Some peoples have burnished and brightened the mirror, others have broken it. The Incarnation afforded a flash of insight directly into the reality. Of course, ever since we have had to shield our eyes with mirrors of varying degrees of corrosion, as the viewers of eclipses use smoked glass. We have, alas, grown used to the colors of the corrupted light.