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A written republic : Cicero's philosophical politics

Author: Yelena Baraz
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©2012
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In the 40s BCE, during his forced retirement from politics under Caesar's dictatorship, Cicero turned to philosophy, producing a massive and important body of work. This title examines the rhetorical  Read more...

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Named Person: Marcus Tullius Cicero
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Yelena Baraz
ISBN: 9780691153322 0691153329
OCLC Number: 836720275
Description: x, 252 s. ; 24 cm
Contents: Acknowledgments ix Abbreviations and Translations xi Introduction 1 Chapter One: Otiose Otium: The Status of Intellectual Activity in Late Republican Prefaces 13 Cicero's Ennius, or Anxiety about Too Much Philosophy 15 Sallust, or Anxiety about Writing 22 Rhetorica ad Herennium, or Anxiety about Status 36 Chapter Two: On a More Personal Note: Philosophy in the Letters 44 Philosophy as a Basis for Action 46 Philosophy and Politics 67 Writing as a Primary Occupation 78 The Consolation of Philosophy 86 Chapter Three: The Gift of Philosophy: The Treatises as Translations 96 The Shape of Translation: Tusculans I 103 Why Translation? De Finibus I 113 Chapter Four: With the Same Voice: Oratory as a Transitional Space 128 The Philosophizing Orator: A Stoic or an Academic? Cato versus Cicero in the Paradoxa Stoicorum 131 Always Philosophizing: Cicero as the Linchpin in De Natura Deorum I 137 From Oratory to Philosophy: The Logic of Tusculan Disputations I 140 Chapter Five: Reading a Ciceronian Preface: Strategies of Reader Management 150 Making Friends with Strangers: Topica 156 Drawing Strength from Tradition: De Senectute 173 Chapter Six: Philosophy after Caesar: The New Direction 187 Looking Back: De Divinatione II 188 From the Ides to the De Officiis 194 From Quintus the Elder to Marcus the Younger: The Pattern of Dedications 204 The Final Encounter: De Officiis 212 Bibliography 225 Index Locorum 243 General Index 249
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"[T]his is an excellent study, and will be valuable reading for anyone interested in Cicero's philosophical works and the cultural and political environments from which they emerged."--Walter Read more...

 
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