Cicero's Laelius: On Friendship

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Absent Friends In Cicero’s Laelius: On Friendship, Cicero at the request of his friends wrote on the many different situations that friendships present and how to deal with them through the eyes and word of Laelius, a roman official. One of the many situations that Cicero brings up is what happens when friends are absent. Cicero claims that when friends are absent, they are all the more appreciated. The two main points Cicero discusses are that when “true” friends leave us, it causes a discord or discomfort, and when dead friends leave us they are not truly gone. Cicero tells the story of the funeral of a man named Scipio, who was one of Laelius’ close friends. Due to the death of one of his friends, Laelius tells his fellow friends,
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