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From Epicurus to EpictetusStudies in Hellenistic and Roman Philosophy$
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A. A. Long

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199279128

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199279128.001.0001

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Cicero's Plato and Aristotle

Cicero's Plato and Aristotle

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From Epicurus to Epictetus

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The aim of this chapter is to approach Cicero's philosophical work by studying his assessments and use of Plato and Aristotle. It is argued that there is more to Cicero's Plato and Aristotle than can be ascertained from his purely philosophical background and sympathies. Cicero was not a purist in philosophy. His philosophical interests and judgements were constantly influenced by his Roman identity as an orator, statesman, and consistent supporter of themos maiorum. Cicero's use of Plato, i.e., his interest in identifiable material from Plato's dialogues; and his appeal to Aristotle and the Academic tradition for the methodology of pro and contra argument (in utramque partem dicere) are analyzed.

Keywords:   ancient philosophy, Academic scepticism, rhetoric, in utramque partem dicere

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