Philosophy as Socio-political Upbringing

Johannes Hahn

in The Oxford Handbook of Social Relations in the Roman World

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780195188004
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Classics and Ancient History

Philosophy as Socio-political Upbringing

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This article examines philosophy and Roman philosophers, who were highly regarded but not considered worthy enough for public support. It begins by studying Emperor Marcus Aurelius' interest in philosophy, and then looks at philosophy as training for public service. The next section studies the “curriculum” for training in philosophy, along with the perception and function of philosophy in the Roman Empire.

Keywords: philosophy; philosophers; Marcus Aurelius; public service; curriculum; function; perception

Article.  12225 words. 

Subjects: Classical Studies ; Classical Philosophy ; Ancient Roman History

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