This book argues that Cicero deserves to be spoken of with more respect and to be studied with greater care. Using Plato’s influence on Cicero’s life and writings as a clue, Altman reveals the ineffable combination of qualitiescourage, originality, intelligence, sparkling wit, subtlety, deep respect for his teacher, and deadly seriousness of purposethat enabled Cicero not only to revive Platonism, but also to rival Plato himself.
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About the Author
William H. F. Altman teaches Latin and world history at E. C. Glass, a public high school in Lynchburg, Virginia.
Table of ContentsPreface
Introduction: Cicero as Platonis aemulus
Part 1: The Foundations of Cicero’s Platonic Revival
Chapter 1. Cicero’s Platonic personae and the Problem of De legibus
Chapter 2. Augustine’s Hortensius and the Invention of “Cicero”
Chapter 3. Self-Contradictory Skepticism in the Academica
Chapter 4. The Limits of Stoicism and Tullia’s Shrine in De finibus
Part 2: The Literary Fruits of Cicero’s Platonism
Chapter 5. Womanly Humanism in the Tusculanae Disputationes
Chapter 6. Phaedo and Timaeus in De natura deorum
Chapter 7. Interpreting Plato’s Dreams in De divinatione
Chapter 8. Epicurus, Chrysippus, and Homer in De fato
Chapter 9. The Ciceronian Renaissance in De senectute and De amicitia
Part 3: Cicero’s Platonism in Action
Chapter 10. Returning in Topica, De officiis, and the Philippics
Chapter 11. Brutus as Funeral Oration.
Chapter 12. Ending with Orator.