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Roman Reflections : Studies in Latin Philosophy, Hardback Book

Roman Reflections : Studies in Latin Philosophy Hardback

Edited by Gareth D. Williams, Katharina Volk


When the Romans adopted Greek literary genres, artistic techniques, and iconographies, they did not slavishly imitate their models.

Rather, the Romans created vibrant and original literature and art.

The same is true for philosophy, though the rich Roman philosophical tradition is still 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" ofphilosophical writings and practices in the Roman world.

The contributors reveal that the Romans, in their creative 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 theLatin language, which nearly all Roman philosophers used to express their ideas. The thirteen chapters-which are authored by an international group of specialists in ancient philosophy, Latin literature, and Roman social and intellectual history-move from Roman attitudes to and practices of philosophy to the great late Republican writers Cicero and Lucretius, then onwards to the early Empire and the work of Seneca the Younger, and finally to Epictetus, Apuleius, and Augustine.

Using a variety of approaches, the essays do not combine into one grand narrative but insteaddemonstrate the diversity and originality of the Roman philosophical discourse over the centuries.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: European history
  • ISBN: 9780199999767