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Record 13309

Reading Experience:

But the book I am most pleased with is 'cicero de Finibus' - not that there is much new discussion in it, but his manner is so easy and elegant; and, besides, there is such a charm connected with attending to the feelings and principles of a man over whom the 'tide of years has rolled.' We are entertained even with a common sentiment; and when we meet with a truth which we ourselves had previously discovered, we are delighted with the idea that our minds are similar to that of the venerable Roman.
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 1 Apr 1815 and 31 Apr 1815
Country: Scotland
Time: n/a
Place: n/a
Type of Experience (Reader):
silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown
Type of Experience (Listener):
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

Reader:Thomas Carlyle
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 4 Dec 1795
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Writer / Academic
Religion: Lapsed Calvinist
Country of origin: Scotland
Country of experience: Scotland
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Cicero
Title: De Finibus
Genre: Classics
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 13309  
Source - Print  
  Author: Thomas Carlyle
  Editor: n/a
  Title: The Collected Letters of Thomas and Jane Carlyle
  Place of Publication: Durham
  Date of Publication: 1970
  Vol: 1
  Page: 43
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Thomas Carlyle, The Collected Letters of Thomas and Jane Carlyle (Durham, 1970), 1, p. 43,, accessed: 23 September 2023

Additional comments:



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