By Gareth D. Williams, Katharina Volk
While the Romans followed Greek literary genres and creative ideas, they didn't slavishly imitate their versions yet created vivid and unique works of literature and artwork of their personal correct. an analogous is right for philosophy, although the truth that the wealthy Roman philosophical culture continues to be all too usually handled as an insignificant footnote to the background of Greek philosophy. This quantity goals to reassert the importance of Roman philosophy and to discover the "Romanness" of philosophical writings and practices within the Roman global, endeavoring to teach that the Romans of their inventive model of Greek modes of suggestion built subtle kinds of philosophical discourse formed by way of their very own heritage and associations, options, and values--and last--but now not least--by the Latin language, which just about all Roman philosophers used to precise their ideas.
This quantity of 13 chapters via a global workforce of experts in historical philosophy, Latin literature, and Roman social and highbrow historical past strikes from Roman attitudes to and practices of philosophy to the good past due Republican writers Cicero and Lucretius, then onwards to the early Empire and the paintings of Seneca the more youthful, and at last to Epictetus, Apuleius, and Augustine. utilizing numerous methods, the essays display the range and originality of Roman philosophical discourse over the centuries.