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Ambrose: De OfficiisEdited with an Introduction, Translation, and Commentary (Two Volume Set)
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Ambrose: De Officiis: Edited with an Introduction, Translation, and Commentary (Two Volume Set)

Ivor J. Davidson


De officiis, by Ambrose of Milan (c. 339–397), is one of the most important texts of Latin Patristic literature, and a major work of early Christian ethics. Modelled on the De officiis of Cicero, it synthesizes Stoic assumptions on virtue and expediency with biblical patterns of humility, charity, and self–denial to present Ambrose's vision of conduct appropriate for representatives of the church of Milan in the late 380s. Ambrose aspires to demonstrate that Christian values not only match but also exceed the moral standards advocated by Cicero. His purpose is not to build bridges ... More

Keywords: Ambrose, Cicero, duties, early Christian ethics, Latin Patristic literature, Stoic, Stoicism, Virtue

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780199245789
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2004 DOI:10.1093/0199245789.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ivor J. Davidson, contributor
Senior Lecturer in Systematic Theology, University of Otago, New Zealand
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