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Themes and Perspectives

Ivor J. Davidson

in Ambrose: De Officiis

Published in print February 2002 | ISBN: 9780199245789
Published online August 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780191601453 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199245789.003.0004

Series: Oxford Early Christian Studies

Themes and Perspectives

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Ambrose seeks to justify his use of key terms from middle Stoic philosophy by finding them in the Bible. He frequently insists that biblical morals and exemplars are superior to classical ones, and accuses pagans of stealing their best ideas from the Scriptures. He usually avoids mentioning Cicero or classical thinkers by name.

Keywords: Biblical morals; Cicero; Middle Stoic philosophy

Chapter.  5666 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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