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Philosophy and Power in the Graeco-Roman WorldEssays in Honour of Miriam Griffin$
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Gillian Clark and Tessa Rajak

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780198299905

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198299905.001.0001

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Old Philosophy and New Power: Cicero in Fifth-Century North Africa

Old Philosophy and New Power: Cicero in Fifth-Century North Africa

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(p.251) Old Philosophy and New Power: Cicero in Fifth-Century North Africa
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Philosophy and Power in the Graeco-Roman World
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Margaret Atkins

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198299905.003.0015

This chapter argues that the appeal to Ciceronian ideas is successful where these ideas can be integrated effectively into a new world-view; ironically, it is the Christian Augustine, rather than the semi-pagan Nectarius, who achieves this more smoothly. Reflection upon their exchange suggests, moreover, that the mangled textual history of De Republica is not entirely due to chance: some of the book's ideas might be given new life in a later context, whereas much of it was rendered redundant by events almost as soon as it was written.

Keywords:   Cicero, Christianity, Augustine, De Republica

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