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Roman Philosophers 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0415188517
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"An easily digestable introduction to the rich but neglected Roman Philosophical tradition....Morford's book is an invaluable contribution to a neglected topic [and] a very valuabel who's who and what's where of Roman Philosophy. The volume deserves a place in the library of every classicist, philosopher, historian of Western thought, and intelligent layperson."
-"New England Classical Journal

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Morford is Professor Emeritus of Classics at the University of Virgina.
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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (September 13, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415188512
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415188517
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,173,692 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mark Morford writes easily about a part of Philosophy that is sadly neglected. He writes about Roman Philosophy that emerges from Philosophia Togata, the transplantation of philosophy into Rome from its place in the Hellenistic world. Morford divides the book into eight chapters that break the philosophical groups of Rome into periods of the Roman State. This further breaks down into philosophers in relation to other philosophers, political movements, and other temporal contexts. He gives that historical context along with the philosophers arguments and in some cases where there is controversy a brief exploration of varying accounts of their claims. He places there arguments in genealogical fashion, that is in relation to how the philosophers influence each other as well as in many cases the overarching themes that the philosophers relate to. Moreford focuses on both the famous philosophers such as Seneca, Lucretius, Cicero and others but also figures such as Panaetius, Posidonus and Terrentius Varro. In some cases he explores side bits of philosophy that are occuring in the same time as more popular philosophers and describes them. Often he does this show contrast and to show a deeper philosophical debate at the time. Morford also gives looks into literary relations between philosophers like Horace and the their manner of writing. He describes how certain tropes and literary models are used philosophically in these works and reasons about their choices. This work does more than provide an overview of Roman philosophers but also provides brief looks into their relations, some of their arguments and techniques of writing.
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Many philosophical surveys devote tremendous space to Greek thinkers and then skip many of these "practical" philosophers or give (some of) them lip service at best. This is a great opportunity to look beyond the theoretical "what/why is/if" Greeks to the Roman focus on defining and living a good life.
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