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Roman Reflections: Studies in Latin Philosophy

Gareth D. Williams and Katharina Volk


This book explores from different but mutually informing disciplinary viewpoints the rise at Rome in the first centuries BCE and CE of philosophy as a distinctly Roman mode of discourse; a central objective (albeit not to the exclusion of Greek philosophical writing at Rome) is to examine the ways in which, and the extent to which, the expressive capabilities of the Latin language gave distinctive shape and character to Roman philosophical discourse. While the birth of philosophical discourse in Latin is naturally implicated in Rome’s ongoing negotiation with Hellenistic cultural influence, th ... More

Keywords: Roman philosophy, Seneca, Cicero, Lucretius, Latin language

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Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199999767
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199999767.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gareth D. Williams, editor

Katharina Volk, editor

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Gareth D. Williams and Katharina Volk

Part I Orientation

Part II The Late Republic

2 Roman Pythagoras

Katharina Volk

3 Philosophy Is in the Streets

James E. G. Zetzel

4 To See and to Be Seen

Tobias Reinhardt

5 Teaching Pericles

Gretchen Reydams-Schils

Part III Seneca

9 Minding the Gap

Gareth D. Williams

Part IV Beyond Seneca

11 “You’re Playing You Now”

Wolfgang-Rainer Mann

12 Platonizing Latin

Richard Fletcher