AUGUSTINE AND THE HORTENSIUS OF CICERO. By JOHN HAMMOND TAYLOR, S. J.. St. Augustine, in his student days at Carthage, as every reader. The Hortensius was a ‘protreptic’ dialogue written by Cicero. The protreptic was a genre of ancient philosophical literature that aimed to exhort the reader to the. One of the most extensive resources on the internet for the study of early Christianity. “Augustine on how he was influenced by reading Cicero’s Hortensius”.

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Augustine on Hortensius [2]. Dacre Balson, John P. Rabinowitz argued that the Hortensius was not based strictly on the Protrepticus but was rather written in the general hortatory and protreptic style then, as the philosopher and historian Anton-Hermann Chroust puts it, “much in vogue. University of California Press.

Political De Imperio Cn. After 63, Cicero gravitated towards the faction to which Hortensius belonged.

The book changed my feelings. Due to these events, Cicero isolated himself in his villa at Asturawhere he composed several works. History of Rome to A.

Even though his gestures were highly artificial, and his manner of folding his hoortensius was noted by tragic actors of the day, [8] he was such a “gifted performer that even professional actors would stop rehearsal and come to watch him hold an audience captive with each swish of iccero toga.

Over the centuries, Hortensius’s orations were lost, and the last person reported in the literature to have read and commented upon one of Hortensius’s original works was the first century AD rhetorician Quintilian.

The German philologist Jakob Bernays was the first scholar to suggest that the Protrepticus inspired Cicero. Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Today, not a single speech by Hortensius is extant. In addition to Cicero passimsee Dio Cassius xxxviii. After Hortensius argues that oratory is the horetnsius art, Cicero “appeal[s] as earnestly as [he can] for the study of philosophy”. Letter Writing in Greco-Roman Antiquity.


Hortensius (Cicero)

Personal life Political career Writings. There have been several works of scholarship regarding Cicero’s Hortensius. Marcus Tullius [Cicero] iccero the Hortensius: The Macmillan Company, Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

Cicero’s exhortation was the advice ‘not to study one particular sect but to love and seek and pursue and hold fast and strongly embrace wisdom itself, wherever found.

Views Read Edit View history. This, he contended, was additional proof that Cicero depended upon Aristotle. The American Journal of Philology. And who endowed with reason would not prefer a state free from the pleasure given us by nature?

In addition, using Bywater and Usener, the German philologist Hermann Alexander Diels found a fragment of Hortensius in the Soliloquies of Augustine connecting the section to a fragment of the Protrepticus in order to strengthen the argument that Cicero did depend upon Aristotle. The dialogue takes place at villa of Lucius Licinius Lucullusbetween 65 and 60 BC, during an unnamed feriae — an ancient Roman ciceto.

Political De Imperio Cn.

This meant Caesar was functioning as a de facto king, much to Cicero’s chagrin. Views Read Edit View history. Personally, Cicero had completed his divorce with Terentia in 51 BC. There have been several works of scholarship regarding Cicero’s Hortensius. It altered my prayers, Lord, to be towards yourself. But while it was popular for a time, the Hortensius survived only until around the sixth century AD, after which it was lost.

This meeting takes place in Lucullus’ villa. Library resources about Hortensius Cicero. Even though the dialogue had been incredibly renowned and popular in antiquity, [3] it is probable the work only survived until the sixth century AD.

Hortensius (Cicero) – Wikipedia

IIIedited by C. InOtto Plasberg wrote a dissertation on the fragments. Hortensius promptly married Marcia, who bore him an heir. Today, it is extant in the fragments preserved by the prose writer Martianus Capellathe grammarians Maurus Servius Honoratus and Nonius Marcellusthe early Christian author Lactantiusand the Church Father Augustine of Hippo the latter of whom explicitly credits the Hortensius with encouraging him to study the tenets of philosophy.


The work moved him deeply, [37] [43] and in both his Confessions and De beata vita he wrote that the book engendered in him an intense interest in philosophy and the pursuit of wisdom. The dialogue—which is named after Cicero’s friendly rival and associate, [nb 1] the speaker and politician Quintus Hortensius Hortalus —took the form of a protreptic.

Retrieved December 21, Conventionally, it is held that in order to spread the wealth of Greek philosophy among the leading citizens of Rome, Cicero adapted and expanded upon Aristotle’s Protrepticus. Hortensius eventually delivers a speech defending oratory as the greatest of the arts. Cicero eventually wrote a dialogue, now lost, called Hortensius or “On Philosophy”. For other uses of “Hortensius”, see Hortensius disambiguation. The Women of Cicero’s Family.

In addition, the work reorganizes the fragments and provides each one with a French translation and commentary. The Hortensius was a protreptic dialogue that is “hortatory literature that calls the audience to a ccero and different way of life”based on Greek models. Augustine and the ‘Hortensius’ of Cicero”. While the dialogue was extremely popular in the ancient world, [3] the dialogue only survived into the sixth century AD.

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