AUGUSTINE AND THE HORTENSIUS OF CICERO. By JOHN HAMMOND TAYLOR, S. J.. St. Augustine, in his student days at Carthage, as every reader. The Hortensius was a ‘protreptic’ dialogue written by Cicero. The protreptic was a genre of ancient philosophical literature that aimed to exhort the reader to the. One of the most extensive resources on the internet for the study of early Christianity. “Augustine on how he was influenced by reading Cicero’s Hortensius”.

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After Pompey’s return from the East in 61, Hortensius withdrew from public life and devoted himself to his profession.

Hortensius (Cicero)

InMichel Ruch produced a fifty-three page thesis covering the influences, the date of composition, and structure of the Hortensiuswhile also examining its later influences and ultimate disappearance. Sheed, in the work, “Cicero attempts to persuade Quintus Hortensius Hortalus The American Journal of Philology 81 1. Catulus, for the same reasons, begins to laud literature, especially tragedy and comedy.

His son Quintus Hortensius, a friend of the poet Catulluswas granted the governorship of Macedonia in 44 by Julius Caesarbefore switching allegiance to Brutus and perishing after the debacle of the battle of Philippi in 42 BC. The dialogue—which is named after Cicero’s friendly rival and associate, [nb 1] the speaker and politician Quintus Hortensius Hortalus —took the form of a protreptic.

Today, not a single speech by Hortensius is extant. The Hortensius was renowned and popular in early and late antiquity[38] and it likely inspired a number of Roman thinkers, like the silver age authors Seneca the Younger and Tacitusthe early Christian writer Lactantiusand the early medieval philosopher Boethius.

He later embraced the cause of Caesar, obtaining the praetorship as a reward. A Philosopher for Our Time ] in French.

Quintus Hortensius – Wikipedia

Lucullus critiques this opinion, arguing that the study of history is the best use of otium. The American Journal of Philology.


He wrote a treatise on general questions of oratory, erotic poems, [10] and an Annaleswhich gained him considerable reputation as a historian. History of Rome to A.

While the dialogue was extremely popular in the ancient world, [3] the dialogue only survived into the sixth century AD. University of California Press, The Hortensius was modeled on Greek protreptic literature and takes the form of a dialogue.

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The Macmillan Company, In addition to Cicero passimsee Dio Cassius xxxviii. Augustine wrote in Confessions that this cicerk left an impression hogtensius him and moved him to embrace philosophy, and ultimately convert to Christianity. Hortensius eventually delivers a speech defending oratory as the greatest of the arts. Today, it is extant in the fragments preserved hortensiu the prose writer Martianus Capellathe grammarians Maurus Servius Honoratus ccicero Nonius Marcellusthe early Christian author Lactantiusand the Church Father Augustine of Hippo the latter of whom explicitly credits the Hortensius with encouraging him to study the tenets of philosophy.

Gruen, The last generation of the Roman Republic, p. Catulus counters by reminding Hortensius of the boons philosophy grants. Cicero’s exhortation was the advice ‘not to study one particular sect but to love and seek and pursue and hold fast and strongly embrace wisdom itself, wherever found. The German philologist Jakob Bernays was the first scholar to suggest that the Protrepticus inspired Cicero. He also possessed a fine musical voice, which he could skillfully command.

Online books Resources in your library Resources in other libraries. The book changed my feelings. Instead, Cato offered his own wife, Marcia horensius, on the condition that Marcia’s father, Lucius Marcius Philippusapprove as well. Personally, Cicero had completed his divorce with Terentia in 51 BC. The German philologist Jakob Bernays was the first scholar to suggest that Aristotle ‘s Protrepticus inspired Cicero to write the Hortensius. Hortensius, unworthy son cciero the great orator, who seems to have been quaestor in Yonge, Charles Duke, ed.


Retrieved August 8, Inthe first standard critical edition of the fragments was the Teubner edition of Cicero Pt.

His daughter Hortensia became a successful orator. Inthe first standard critical edition of the fragments was the Teubner edition of Cicero Pt. The dialogue takes place at villa of Lucius Licinius Lucullusbetween 65 and 60 BC, during an unnamed feriae — an ancient Roman holiday.

Hortensius (Cicero)

Johns Hopkins University Press: Hortensius’ oratory gave him such vast wealth that he was able to spend his money gratuitously on splendid villas, parks, fish-ponds, costly entertainments, wine, pictures, and other works of art. Taylor, John Hammond In addition, the work reorganizes the fragments and provides each one with a French translation and commentary. InMichel Ruch produced a fifty-three page hkrtensius covering the influences, the date of composition, and structure of the Hortensiuswhile also examining its later cicreo and ultimate disappearance.

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Catullus responds by reminding him of the boons philosophy grants. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. InOtto Plasberg wrote a dissertation on the fragments. Library resources about Hortensius Cicero.


Marcus Tullius [Cicero] in the Hortensius: Since Porcia was already married to Marcus Calpurnius Bibulus and had borne him two children, Cato refused to dissolve the hortesius. The discussion quickly becomes one about otium Latin for leisure.

And who endowed with reason would not prefer a state free from the pleasure given us by nature? This meeting takes place in Lucullus’ villa. AugustineBoethius[22] Lactantius were influenced by the work.