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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.

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And in fact I believe that it was because of admiration for the Pythagoreans that King Numa too was later thought to have been a Pythagorean. For since they knew about the teaching and institutions of Pythagoras and had learned from their ancestors about the king’s fairness and wisdom, but because of the lapse of time were unaware of the chronology, they believed that Numa, who was outstandingly wise, had been a pupil of Pythagoras. Both the Greek and the Roman were renowned for their sapientia: clearly, the latter must have gotten it from the former.

Dic Asinium Pollionem: cedam, et respondeamus: in re tanta eminere est post duos esse.  Liuium; scripsit enim et dialogos, quos non magis philosophiae adnumerare possis quam historiae, et ex professo philosophiam continentis libros: huic quoque dabo locum. uide tamen quam multos antecedat qui a tribus uincitur et tribus eloquentissimis. Give an example of someone whom you could rate higher than Fabianus. Suggest Cicero, whose books on philosophy are almost as numerous as Fabianus’s: I’ll give way, but what is inferior to the greatest is not necessarily insignificant.

1. “Nearly Our Countryman” At the end of his monumental Metamorphoses, having recounted hundreds of transformation myths from the creation of the universe through the various genealogies of heroes, Ovid finally arrives at his own place and time. 60–481). Pythagoras is the only historical figure mentioned in the Metamorphoses other than Julius Caesar, Augustus, and Ovid himself, and he is accorded more space than the other three combined, while also receiving the longest speech of any character in the poem.

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