By Gareth D. Williams, Katharina Volk
While the Romans followed Greek literary genres and creative options, they didn't slavishly imitate their types yet created brilliant and unique works of literature and paintings of their personal correct. an analogous is correct for philosophy, although the truth that the wealthy Roman philosophical culture continues to be all too usually taken care of as an insignificant footnote to the background of Greek philosophy. This quantity goals to reassert the importance of Roman philosophy and to discover the "Romanness" of philosophical writings and practices within the Roman international, endeavoring to teach that the Romans of their inventive model of Greek modes of suggestion built refined varieties of philosophical discourse formed through their very own background and associations, techniques, and values--and last--but no longer least--by the Latin language, which almost all Roman philosophers used to specific their ideas.
This quantity of 13 chapters by means of a global workforce of experts in historic philosophy, Latin literature, and Roman social and highbrow historical past strikes from Roman attitudes to and practices of philosophy to the nice past due Republican writers Cicero and Lucretius, then onwards to the early Empire and the paintings of Seneca the more youthful, and eventually to Epictetus, Apuleius, and Augustine. utilizing a number of techniques, the essays reveal the range and originality of Roman philosophical discourse over the centuries.