M. T. Griffin, Politics and Philosophy at Rome: Collected Papers

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Miriam T. Griffin, Politics and Philosophy at Rome: Collected Papers, Oxford, 2018.

Éditeur : Oxford University Press
832 pages
ISBN : 9780198793120
120 £


This volume presents the collected papers of Miriam T. Griffin, an eminent scholar of Roman history and ancient thought whose work has played a central role in forging links between scholarship on the history of the Graeco-Roman world and its philosophies. Spanning a period of over forty years and a distinguished career as Fellow of Somerville College at Oxford, these papers include both published works, many of them now difficult to find in their original printings, and previously unpublished lectures.
The collection covers a range of topics in Roman Republican and Imperial history, Roman historiography, and the interplay of Latin philosophy and Roman politics, as well as featuring a host of key Latin authors, most notably Cicero, Seneca, and Tacitus. The last of these categories, the interplay of philosophy and politics in Rome, is also the most prominent in the volume: though deeply interested in ancient philosophy, and especially Stoicism, Miriam Griffin writes primarily as a historian concerned with how Roman thinking was related to political circumstances and actions. Many of the essays have opened up new areas of discussion and formed the basis of later scholarship dealing with history and philosophy, and although some of them are quite general, serving as useful introductions to the subject area, others are more detailed and technical, inviting discussion and controversy. The style throughout is consistently dynamic and engaging, resulting in a fascinating and formidable collection from a scholar unrivalled as an expert in both the history of the Graeco-Roman world and its philosophies, and a true pioneer in the bridging of these two spheres.

List of Illustrations
List of Abbreviations
Republican History
1: Cicero and Rome
2: The 'Leges Iudiciariae' of the Pre-Sullan Era
3: The Tribune C. Cornelius
4: Introduction to A Companion to Julius Caesar
Imperial History
5: Urbs Roma, Plebs and Princeps
6: The Elder Seneca and Spain
7: Nero's Recall of Suetonius Paullinus
8: Claudius in the Judgement of the Next Half-Century
9: Tacitus, Tiberius and the Principate
10: Nero and the Concept of Imperial Glory
Published Papers
11: Tacitus as a Historian
12: The Lyons Tablet and Tacitean Hindsight
13: Un Frammento del Libro XI di Tito Livio?
14: Claudius in Tacitus
15: The Senate's Story
16: Pliny and Tacitus
17: Iure Plectimur: The Roman Critique of Roman Imperialism
Unpublished Lectures
18: Writing History: The Senate vs. Tacitus
19: Pliny s Letters: Between History and E-mail
20: Nero: From Zero to Hero
21: Tacitus and Nero
22: Tiberius on Family Relations
Occasional Pieces
23: Obituary of Sir Ronald Syme, 1903-1989
24: Show Us You Care, Ma'am
25: 'Lifting the Mask': Syme on Fictional History
26: Philosophy, Politics, and Politicians at Rome
27: De Brevitate Vitae
28: Seneca on Cato's Politics: Epistle 14.12 13
29: Imago Vitae Suae
30: Philosophy, Cato, and Roman Suicide: I and II
31: Philosophy for Statesmen: Cicero and Seneca
32: The Intellectual Developments of the Ciceronian Age
33: Philosophical Badinage in Cicero's Letters to his Friends
34: Cynicism and the Romans: Attraction and Repulsion
35: When is Thought Political?
36: From Aristotle to Atticus: Cicero and Matius on Friendship
37: The Composition of the Academica: Motives and Versions
38: Seneca and Pliny
39: Piso, Cicero and their Audience
40: Political Thought in the Age of Nero
41: Clementia after Caesar: From Politics to Philosophy
42: De Beneficiis and Roman Society
43: The Younger Pliny's Debt to Moral Philosophy
44: Seneca's Pedagogic Strategy: Letters and De Beneficiis
45: The Elder Pliny on Philosophers
46: The Politics of Virtue: Three Puzzles in Cicero's De Officiis
47: Symptoms and Sympathy in Latin Letter-writing
48: Latin Philosophy and Roman Law
49: The Prince and his Tutor: Candour and Affection
50: Dignity in Roman and Stoic Thought



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