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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The German hortsnsius Jakob Bernays was the first scholar to suggest that the Protrepticus inspired Cicero. 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.
University of California Press. The American Journal of Philology 81 1. Inthe first standard critical edition of the fragments was the Teubner edition of Cicero Pt. Catulus admires the sculptures on display in Lucullus’s home, and Hortensius praises the skill behind the art.
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Lucullus interjects and promotes attending lectures and studying history as better use of otium. At the age of nineteen he made his first speech at the bar, and shortly afterwards successfully defended Nicomedes IV of Bithyniaone of Rome ‘s dependants in the East, who had been deprived of his throne iccero his brother.
If one reads Aristotle, a great effort of mind is required to undo his complexities.
In 56, Hortensius admired Cato the Younger “so much that he wanted them to be kinsmen, not merely friends,”  and proposed to marry Cato’s daughter, Porcia Catoniswho was only about 20 years old at the time.
Aristotle’s Protrepticus and the Sources of its Reconstruction. AugustineBoethius Lactantius were influenced by the work. Of the four, Nonius Marcellus and Augustine preserve the most, although the lines preserved by Nonius Marcellus have been called “extremely brief and very difficult to place in a context”.
Views Read Edit View history. In addition, Cicero’s daughter, Tulliawhom he loved greatly,  suddenly became ill and died during the month of February in the year of 45 BC. There have been several works of scholarship regarding Cicero’s Hortensius.
The work defended the notion that genuine human happiness is to be found by using and embracing philosophy. A Philosopher for Our Time ] in French. Inthe first standard critical edition of the fragments was the Teubner edition of Cicero Pt. Hortensius posits that the visual arts are suitable for such a usage of free time. Due to these events, Cicero isolated himself in his villa at Asturawhere he composed several works.
The discussion quickly becomes one about otium Latin for leisure. Conventionally, it is held that in writing his HortensiusCicero made use of Aristotle’s Protrepticus.
Since Porcia was already married to Marcus Calpurnius Bibulus and had borne him two children, Cato refused to dissolve the marriage. After 63, Cicero gravitated towards the faction to which Hortensius belonged. Hortensius, unworthy son of the great orator, who seems to have been quaestor in Marcus Tullius [Cicero] in the Hortensius: In addition, the work reorganizes the fragments and provides each one with a French translation and commentary.
Even though the dialogue had been incredibly renowned and popular in antiquity,  it is probable the work only survived until the sixth century AD. After Hortensius argues that oratory is the greatest art, Cicero “appeal[s] as earnestly as [he can] for the study of philosophy”.
Even though his gestures were highly artificial, and his manner of folding his toga was noted by tragic actors of the day,  he was such a “gifted performer that even professional actors would stop rehearsal and come to watch him hold an audience captive with each swish of his toga.
The work had followed the conventional form of a protreptic and taught that genuine human happiness is to be found by using and embracing philosophy. He later wrote in Confessions that it left a lasting impression on him and moved him to embrace philosophy.
Today, it is extant in the fragments preserved by the prose writer Martianus Capellathe grammarians Maurus Servius Honoratus and 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.
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His daughter Hortensia became a successful orator. Retrieved December hortenssius, He was also reputed to be the first to introduce peacocks as a table delicacy at Rome. 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. Augustine on Hortensius . Rabinowitz argued that the Hortensius was not based strictly on the Protrepticus but was rather written in the general hortatory and protreptic style then, as the philosopher and historian Hortendius Chroust puts it, “much in vogue.
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InMichel Ruch produced a ohrtensius page thesis covering the influences, the date of composition, and structure of the Hortensiushortenius also examining its later influences and ultimate disappearance. From that time his reputation as an advocate was established. In the dialogue, Quintus Lutatius Catulus admires the art in Lucullus’ home, while Quintus Hortensius praises the skill behind the art. Catullus responds by reminding him of the boons philosophy grants. Dacre Balson, John P.
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