David Sedley

in The Oxford Handbook of Roman Studies

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9780199211524
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Classics and Ancient History


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There are countless available angles for viewing the cultural phenomenon that is Roman philosophy. Was it a regular part of the broad Roman negotiation with Greek culture, or did it emerge under its own peculiar dynamic and play by its own rules? To what extent do its literary manifestations, above all in the surviving masterpieces of Lucretius, Cicero, and Seneca, form a seamless whole with contemporary developments in the Greek philosophical world? Did Roman philosophy aspire to become independent of its Greek origins, and, if so, how far did it succeed? All these questions will be relevant to the present article, which, at the same time, looks at the process of philosophy's gradual Latinisation.

Keywords: Roman philosophy; Greek culture; Latinisation; Lucretius; Cicero; Seneca

Article.  5997 words. 

Subjects: Classical Studies ; Classical Philosophy ; Classical Literature

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