Roman Reflections: Studies in Latin Philosophy

Hardcover | November 16, 2015

EditorGareth D. Williams, Katharina Volk

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When the Romans adopted Greek literary genres and artistic techniques, they did not slavishly imitate their models but created vibrant and original works of literature and art in their own right. The same is true for philosophy, notwithstanding the fact that the rich Roman philosophicaltradition is still all too often treated as a mere footnote to the history of Greek philosophy. This volume aims to reassert the significance of Roman philosophy and to explore the "Romanness" of philosophical writings and practices in the Roman world, endeavoring to show that the Romans in theircreative adaptation of Greek modes of thought developed sophisticated forms of philosophical discourse shaped by their own history and institutions, concepts, and values - and last - but not least - by the Latin language, which nearly all Roman philosophers used to express their ideas.This volume of thirteen chapters by an international group of specialists in ancient philosophy, Latin literature, and Roman social and intellectual history moves from Roman attitudes to and practices of philosophy to the great late Republican writers Cicero and Lucretius, then onwards to the earlyEmpire and the work of Seneca the Younger, and finally to Epictetus, Apuleius, and Augustine. Using a variety of approaches, the essays demonstrate the diversity and originality of Roman philosophical discourse over the centuries.

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When the Romans adopted Greek literary genres and artistic techniques, they did not slavishly imitate their models but created vibrant and original works of literature and art in their own right. The same is true for philosophy, notwithstanding the fact that the rich Roman philosophicaltradition is still all too often treated as a mere...

Gareth D. Williams is Professor of Classics at Columbia University. Katharina Volk is Professor of Classics at Columbia University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9.29 × 6.42 × 1.1 inPublished:November 16, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ContributorsPrefaceIntroductionPart I1. Harry Hine: Philosophy and philosophi: From Cicero to ApuleiusPart II2. Katharina Volk: Roman Pythagoras3. James E. G. Zetzel: Philosophy Is in the Streets4. Tobias Reinhardt: To See and to Be Seen: On Vision and Perception in Lucretius and Cicero5. Gretchen Reydams-Schills: Teaching Pericles: Cicero on the Study of NaturePart III6. Andrew M. Riggsby: Tyrants, Fire, and Dangerous Things7. Matthew Roller: Precept(or) and Example in Seneca8. Yelena Baraz: True Greatness of Soul in Seneca's De constantia sapientis9. Gareth D. Williams: Minding the Gap: Seneca, the Self, and the Sublime10. Margaret Graver: The Emotional Intelligence of Epicureans: Doctrinalism and Adaptation in Seneca's EpistlesPart IV11. Wolfgang-Rainer Mann: "You're Playing You Now": Helvidius Priscus as a Stoic Hero12. Richare Fletcher: Platonizing Latin: Apuleius' Phaedo13. Katja Maria Vogt: Why Ancient Skeptics Don't Doubt the Existence of the External World: Augustine and the Beginnings of Modern SkepticismWorks Cited

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"This volume makes a distinctive and striking contribution by focusing on the question what is Roman about Roman philosophy. The contributors make a genuine and sustained attempt to bring to bear on the subject a combination of philosophical, literary, and cultural perspectives. The result isa highly illuminating collection of new essays." --Christopher Gill, University of Exeter