•   The Theory and Practice of Friendship
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... pure and faultless friendship transcends relationship (Cicero, 129.6. 19a). The question about the theory and practice of friendship is motivated by the fact that in the previous section, Laelius constantly makes reference to his intimate friendship with Scipio. In response, Laelius advises his two in-laws that they should embrace friendship above all things human for it is the only thing that is conformable to nature and adaptable to human fortunes both favorable and adverse (Cicero, 119.3.9). Cicero goes ahead to imply that friendship can only occur among good men. As such, he indicates the characters that to him indicate goodness in men such as those who live to “give proof of loyalty and uprightness, those of fairness and generosity, those free from all passion, caprice, insolence, and have great strength of character”

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