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Ambrose: De OfficiisEdited with an Introduction, Translation, and Commentary (Two Volume Set)$
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Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199245789

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2004

DOI: 10.1093/0199245789.001.0001

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Themes and Perspectives

Themes and Perspectives

IV Themes and Perspectives
Ambrose: De Officiis

Ivor J. Davidson (Contributor Webpage)

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Ambrose seeks to justify his use of key terms from middle Stoic philosophy by finding them in the Bible. He frequently insists that biblical morals and exemplars are superior to classical ones, and accuses pagans of stealing their best ideas from the Scriptures. He usually avoids mentioning Cicero or classical thinkers by name.

Keywords:   Biblical morals, Cicero, Middle Stoic philosophy

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