De Natura Deorum
15th-century manuscript, Vatican
|Dē Nātūra Deōrum |
(On the Nature of the Gods) at Latin
De Natura Deorum (On the Nature of the Gods) is a philosophical dialogue by
De Natura Deorum belongs to the group of philosophical works which Cicero wrote in the two years preceding his death in 43 BC. He states near the beginning of De Natura Deorum that he wrote them both as a relief from the political inactivity to which he was reduced by the supremacy of
The dialogue is supposed to take place in Rome at the house of
The book contains various obscurities and inconsistencies which demonstrate that it was probably never revised by Cicero, nor published until after his death. For the content, Cicero borrowed largely from earlier Greek sources. However, the hasty arrangement by Cicero of authorities who themselves wrote independently of one another means that the work lacks cohesion, and points raised by one speaker are sometimes not countered by subsequent speakers.