Princeton University Press publishes book by Luther professor Philip Freeman

Princeton University Press publishes book by Luther College Professor Philip Freeman

"Intelligence is not a dirty word." -Marcus Cicero

Timed to coincide with the United States Presidential inauguration, Philip Freeman's book "How to Run a Country: An Ancient Guide for Modern Leaders" will be released Jan. 22. Freeman, Luther College Orlando W. Qualley Chair of Classical Languages, translates the political wisdom of Marcus Cicero in this, his latest book.

In the book, Freeman encourages politicians to listen to the works of Marcus Cicero, arguably Rome's greatest statesman and orator, who was elected to the Roman Republic's highest office at a time when his beloved country was threatened by power-hungry politicians, dire economic troubles, foreign turmoil and political parties that refused to work together.

According to Freeman, Cicero's letters, speeches, and other writings are filled with timeless wisdom and practical insight about how to solve these and other problems of leadership and politics. "How to Run a Country" collects the best of these writings to provide an entertaining, common sense guide for modern leaders and citizens.

The book, a sequel to Freeman's acclaimed "How to Win an Election" (January 2012) gathers Cicero's most perceptive thoughts on topics such as leadership, corruption, the balance of power, taxes, war, immigration and the importance of compromise. These writings have influenced great leaders--including America's Founding Fathers--for two thousand years, and are as instructive today as when they were first written.

Freeman, professor and department head of Classics at Luther, began translating the Cicero passages and putting them together for a book even before "How to Win an Election" was published. He was drawn to Marcus Cicero's common sense approach to politics:

"The best form of government embraces a balance of powers. Even the most noble kings will become tyrants if their reign is unchecked, just as democracy will degrade into mob rule if there are no constraints on popular power. A just government must be founded on a system of checks and balances," Cicero says.

An internationally recognized specialist in Greek, Roman, medieval culture and Celtic studies, Freeman has also authored several other books, including "Oh My Gods: A Modern Retelling –of Greek and Roman Myths," "Alexander the Great," "St. Patrick of Ireland" and "Julius Caesar."

Freeman holds the Master of Arts degree in classics from the University of Texas, the Master of Arts degree in language and literatures and the first joint doctoral degree in classical philology and Celtic languages from Harvard University.

He has served as a visiting scholar at the Harvard Divinity School, the American Academy in Rome and the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, D.C.

Freeman is a frequent speaker and presenter and has given talks on the ancient world at the Smithsonian Institution and interviews on National Public Radio, Minnesota Public Television and public radio stations across the country.

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