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”. Hortensius or On Philosophy is a lost dialogue written by Marcus Tullius Cicero in the year 45 BC. The work had followed the conventional form of a protreptic.

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Through his writings Cicero, who lived four centuries before Augustine, was a mentor to Augustine. In reading Cicero, Augustine first lost his interest in taking up the Christian faith, but years later was still influenced by Ciceronian thought patterns and writing style.

Hortensius (Cicero)

Histoire Et Reconstitution “. While the dialogue was extremely popular in the ancient world, [3] the dialogue only survived into the sixth century AD.

There have been several works of scholarship regarding Cicero’s Hortensius. Conventionally, it is held that in order to spread the wealth of Greek philosophy among the leading citizens of Rome, Cicero adapted and expanded upon Aristotle’s Protrepticus. Due to these events, Cicero isolated himself in his villa at Asturawhere he composed several works.

Just before composing the HortensiusCicero experienced many hardships. Retrieved December 21, Catullus defends poetry, Lucullus argues in favor of history, the eponymous Hortensius defends rhetoric, and Cicero himself praises the virtues of philosophy.

While the dialogue was extremely popular in Classical Antiquity, the dialogue only survived into the sixth century AD before it was lost. Catulus admires the sculptures on display in Lucullus’s home, and Hortensius praises the skill behind hortensiis art. Hortensius eventually delivers a speech defending oratory as the greatest of the arts.


Hortensius (Cicero)

Lucullus critiques this opinion, arguing that the study of history is the best use of otium. A full copy of Hortensius no longer exists, but there are fragments or quotations of it quoted in later works – of which sixteen are in Augustine’s writings. University of California Press, Online books Resources in your library Resources in other libraries. The Hortensius was a protreptic dialogue that is hrtensius literature that calls the audience to a new and different way of life”based on Greek models.

Augustine on Hortensius [37]. Retrieved August 8, InOtto Plasberg wrote a dissertation on the fragments.

AugustineBoethius[22] Lactantius were influenced by the work. Ciceo Balson, John P. In addition, Cicero’s daughter, Tulliawhom he loved greatly, [8] hortebsius became ill and died during the month of Hogtensius in the year of 45 BC. This page was last edited ciecro 26 Novemberat In the dialogue, Quintus Lutatius Catulus admires the art in Lucullus’ home, while Quintus Hortensius praises the skill behind the art.

Collins, James Henderson The classical Roman writer and politician, Cicero BCwas a twofold influence on the young Augustine. However, Augustine stayed with his concubine and continued to be influenced by Manicheanism for the next nine years. The Philosophical Books of Cicero. Salazar; Manfred Landfester; Francis G. For the Augnet photo gallery containing images of the Philippines including those on this pageclick her e. Then, the character of Cicero chimes in to prove that philosophy is single-handedly the best of all the aforementioned skills.


The book changed my feelings. It altered my prayers, Lord, to be towards yourself. InMichel Ruch produced a fifty-three hoetensius thesis covering the influences, the date of composition, and structure of the Hortensiuswhile also examining its later influences and ultimate disappearance.

The dialogue—which is named after Cicero’s friendly rival and associate, [nb 1] the speaker hirtensius politician Quintus Hortensius Hortalus —took the form of a protreptic. It gave me different values and priorities. Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

Rabinowitz, argue it simply meant that Cicero wrote in the general protreptic style. On reading Hortensius by Cicero, a strong desire for true wisdom was awakened in Augustine. Coninued on the next page.

The book was a protreptic; in other words, it was a treatise designed to inspire in the reader an enthusiasm for the discipline of philosophy. Retrieved December 21, At the age of 19, [25] he read the Hortensius there. The influence of Cicero then pervaded in both the thought and Latin writing style of Augustine until the day he died.

Catullus responds by reminding him of the boons philosophy grants. Today, it is extant in the fragments cicrro 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 hortenxius credits the Hortensius with encouraging him to study the tenets of philosophy.

Library resources about Hortensius Cicero. A Note on Fragment 43 Grilli”.