Philosophy and Power in the Grae

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This volume in honor of Miriam Griffin brings together seventeen international specialists. Their essays range from Socrates to late antiquity, with a particular focus on Cicero. Subjects covered include the Stoics and Cynics, Roman law, the formulation of imperial power, Jews and Christians, "performance philosophy," Augustine, late Platonism, and women philosophers.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Welcome indexes of ancient and modern names and a general index conclude the volume."—Religious Studies Review

"The reader will learn from every one of [the essays] and take comfort from the assurance that ancient philosophy and history still invite us to wrestle with the eternal questions of politics and ethics. The editors deserve our praise."—New England Classical Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198299905
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 10/3/2002
  • Pages: 366
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 5.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Gillian Clark is Professor of Ancient History, University of Bristol Tessa Rajak is Reader in Classics, University of Reading

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Philosophy and Power, Gillian Clark and Tessa Rajak
I. Philosophy and the State
2. Did Socrates agree to obey the laws of Athens?, Lesley Brown
3. The Worth of Human Dignity: Two Tensions in Stoic Cosmpolitanism, Martha Nussbaum
4. Cicero and the Defining of the Ius Civile, Jill Harries
5. Government and Law: Ulpian, a Philosopher in Politics?, Fergus Millar
II. The Power of Philosophy
6. Academic Therapy: Philo of Larissa and Cicero's Project in the Tusculans, Malcolm Schofield
7. Beyond Comparison: M. Sergius, fortunae victor, Mary Beagon
8. Women, Power, and Philosophy at Rome and Beyond, Barbara Levick
9. Philosophy in the Second Sophistic, Glen Bowersock
III. Power
10. Cicero: A Man of Letters - in Politics, Zvi Yavetz
11. Deus or Divus: The Genesis of Roman Terminology for Deified Emperors and a Philosopher's Contribution, David Wardle
12. Arcanum imperii: The Powers of Augustus, Hannah Cotton and Alexander Yakobson
13. An Emperor is Made: Senatorial Politics and Trajan's Adoption by Nerva in 97, Werner Eck
IV. Philosophy of Religion
14. 'Foolishness to the Greeks': Jews and Christians in the Public Life of the Empire, Loveday Alexander
15. Old Philosophy and New Power: Cicero in fifth-century North Africa, Margaret Atkins
16. Philosophy and power: The Creation of Orthodoxy in Neoplatonism, Polymnia Athanassiadi
17. Ancient Philosophers, Jonathan Barnes

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