Philosophia Togata II: Plato and Aristotle at Rome

Paperback | April 15, 2000

EditorJonathan Barnes, Miriam Griffin

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The role of philosophy as a valued and effective part of the culture of civilized Romans has aroused an increasing amount of scholarly interest in recent years. In this volume, which gathers together nine papers delivered at a series of seminars on philosophy and Roman society in theUniversity of Oxford, scholars of classical literature, Roman history, and ancient philosophy investigate the place of Platonism and Aristotelianism in Roman intellectual, cultural, and political life from the second century BC to the third century AD. In addition to chapters on such importantfigures as Cicero, Varro, Plutarch, Favorinus, Celsus, and Porphyry, the book contains essays on the tradition of Aristotle's library at Rome, the theory of the mixed constitution, and the anonymous commentary on Plato's Theaetetus. It thus forms a complement to Philosophia Togata I which addressed the importance of the doctrines of the Hellenistic schools to Roman society during the first century BC.

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The role of philosophy as a valued and effective part of the culture of civilized Romans has aroused an increasing amount of scholarly interest in recent years. In this volume, which gathers together nine papers delivered at a series of seminars on philosophy and Roman society in theUniversity of Oxford, scholars of classical literatur...

Miriam Griffin is one of the four editors of the Clarendon Ancient History series.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:312 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.75 inPublished:April 15, 2000Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198152221

ISBN - 13:9780198152224

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Table of Contents

1. Roman Aristotle2. The Theory of the Mixed Constitution at Rome3. From Aristotle to Atticus: Cicero and Matius on Friendship4. Plato's Auctoritas and the Rebirth of the Commentary Tradition5. Varro and the Antiquarianism of Philosophy6. Plutarch, Plato, Athens, and Rome7. Favorinus: the Man of Paradoxes8. Celsus' Attack on the Christians9. Porphyry: Ethnicity, Language, and Alien Wisdom

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`The whole book is impeccably presented, and all the essays are of casual interest.'M. R. Wright, The Classical Review