Philosophy and Power in the Graeco-Roman World: Essays in Honour of Miriam Griffin

Hardcover | July 1, 2002

EditorGillian Clark, Tessa Rajak

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Miriam Griffin is unrivalled as a bridge-builder between historians of the Graeco-Roman world and students of its philosophies. This volume in her honour brings togetherseventeen international specialists. Their essays range from Socrates to late antiquity, extending to Diogenes, Cicero, Plinythe Elder, Marcus Aurelius, the Second Sophistic, Ulpian, Augustine, the Neoplatonist tradition, women philosophers, provision for basic human needs, the development of law, the formulation of imperial power, and the interpretation of Judaism and early Christianity. Emperors and drop-outs, mediastars and administrators, top politicians and abstruse professionals, even ordinary citizens in their epitaphs, were variously called philosophers. Philosophy could offer those in power moral support or confrontation, a language for making choices or an intellectual diversion, but they mightdisregard philosophy and get on with the exercise of power. 'Philosophy' means 'love of wisdom', but what was the power of philosophy?

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Miriam Griffin is unrivalled as a bridge-builder between historians of the Graeco-Roman world and students of its philosophies. This volume in her honour brings togetherseventeen international specialists. Their essays range from Socrates to late antiquity, extending to Diogenes, Cicero, Plinythe Elder, Marcus Aurelius, the Second Soph...

Gillian Clark is Professor of Ancient History, University of Bristol Tessa Rajak is Reader in Classics, University of Reading

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:366 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.94 inPublished:July 1, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Gillian Clark and Tessa Rajak: Introduction: Philosophy and PowerI. Philosophy and the State2. Lesley Brown: Did Socrates agree to obey the laws of Athens?3. Martha Nussbaum: The Worth of Human Dignity: Two Tensions in Stoic Cosmpolitanism4. Jill Harries: Cicero and the Defining of the Ius Civile5. Fergus Millar: Government and Law: Ulpian, a Philosopher in Politics?II. The Power of Philosophy6. Malcolm Schofield: Academic Therapy: Philo of Larissa and Cicero's Project in the Tusculans7. Mary Beagon: Beyond Comparison: M. Sergius, fortunae victor8. Barbara Levick: Women, Power, and Philosophy at Rome and Beyond9. Glen Bowersock: Philosophy in the Second SophisticIII. Power10. Zvi Yavetz: Cicero: A Man of Letters - in Politics11. David Wardle: Deus or Divus: The Genesis of Roman Terminology for Deified Emperors and a Philosopher's Contribution12. Hannah Cotton and Alexander Yakobson: Arcanum imperii: The Powers of Augustus13. Werner Eck: An Emperor is Made: Senatorial Politics and Trajan's Adoption by Nerva in 97IV. Philosophy of Religion14. Loveday Alexander: 'Foolishness to the Greeks': Jews and Christians in the Public Life of the Empire15. Margaret Atkins: Old Philosophy and New Power: Cicero in fifth-century North Africa16. Polymnia Athanassiadi: Philosophy and power: The Creation of Orthodoxy in Neoplatonism17. Jonathan Barnes: Ancient Philosophers

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