Ivor J. Davidson

in Ambrose: De Officiis

Published in print February 2002 | ISBN: 9780199245789
Published online August 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780191601453 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Early Christian Studies


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Ambrose's Latin is saturated with biblical influence. In addition to Cicero, there are also debts to several other classical authors, especially Vergil. While he professed to shun adornment in his style, there are many rhetorical flourishes in his text, and a significant use of imagery. Overall, however, his preoccupation is to ‘sound’ biblical, and to commend biblical material to his readers.

Keywords: Cicero; imagery; Latin; rhetorical; style; Vergil

Chapter.  3481 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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