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Cicero's Philosophy of History$
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Matthew Fox

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199211920

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199211920.001.0001

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Reading and Reception

Reading and Reception

(p.55) 3 Reading and Reception
Cicero's Philosophy of History

Matthew Fox (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter focuses upon defining a particular reception-based approach to understanding changing interpretations of Cicero. Most readers stress the dogmatic ambitions of Cicero's philosophy over his Academic approach, seeking to establish what Cicero thought about Rome and to make his own interests appear central to Rome. This critical tradition is the result of a particular manner of reading that developed from a decline in the reputation of rhetoric, and in the popularity of sceptical philosophy, after the Enlightenment. A case study is Cicero's reworking of material from Timaeus in De republica: the ambiguities of Plato seem unnecessarily elaborate when applied to Cicero. It is argued that a dogmatic reading of Cicero is a misreading, which emerged as a result of the crucial role of Cicero in the establishment of all post-Renaissance models of civic education.

Keywords:   Plato, Timaeus, De republica, Enlightenment, rhetoric, education, Latin style

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