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Pater the ClassicistClassical Scholarship, Reception, and Aestheticism$
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Charles Martindale, Stefano Evangelista, and Elizabeth Prettejohn

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198723417

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198723417.001.0001

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Marcus the Stoic in Marius the Epicurean

Marcus the Stoic in Marius the Epicurean

(p.121) 6 Marcus the Stoic in Marius the Epicurean
Pater the Classicist

Richard Rutherford

Oxford University Press

The figure of Marcus Aurelius in Pater’s novel Marius the Epicurean is examined in order to shed light on Pater’s complex attitude to both pagan philosophy and early Christianity. The novel makes extensive use of Marcus’ own Meditations, but some significant omissions are discussed. An appendix provides evidence of heavy use of the Meditations in chapter 12 of the novel.

Keywords:   Marius the Epicurean, Marcus Aurelius, Stoicism, Christianity, paganism, Matthew Arnold, Christian apologists, Bildungsroman

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