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The role of Greek thought in the final days of the Roman republic is a topic that has garnered much attention in recent years. This volume of essays, commissioned specially from a distinguished international group of scholars, explores the role and influence of Greek philosophy, specifically Epicureanism, in the late republic. It focuses primarily (although not exclusively) on the works and views of Cicero, premier politician and Roman philosopher of the day, and Lucretius, foremost among the representatives and supporters of Epicureanism at the time. Throughout the volume, the impact of such disparate reception on the part of these leading authors is explored in a way that illuminates the popularity as well as the controversy attached to the followers of Epicurus in Italy, ranging from ethical and political concerns to the understanding of scientific and celestial phenomena. This title is also available as Open Access on Cambridge Core.

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  • Epicurus in Rome
    pp i-ii
  • Epicurus in Rome - Title page
    pp iii-iii
  • Philosophical Perspectives in the Ciceronian Age
  • Copyright page
    pp iv-iv
  • Contents
    pp v-vi
  • Illustrations
    pp vii-vii
  • Contributors
    pp viii-ix
  • Acknowledgements
    pp x-x
  • Additional material
    pp xi-xii
  • Chapter 1 - Introduction
    pp 1-8
  • Part I - Epicurus and Roman Identities
    pp 9-108
  • Chapter 3 - Cicero’s Rhetoric of Anti-Epicureanism: Anonymity as Critique
    pp 37-54
  • Chapter 4 - Was Atticus an Epicurean?
    pp 55-71
  • Chapter 5 - Caesar the Epicurean? A Matter of Life and Death
    pp 72-86
  • Chapter 6 - Otium and Voluptas: Catullus and Roman Epicureanism
    pp 87-108
  • Part II - Epicurus and Lucretian Postures
    pp 109-185
  • Chapter 8 - Kitsch, Death and the Epicurean
    pp 129-146
  • Chapter 10 - Lucretius on the Size of the Sun
    pp 168-185
  • Bibliography
    pp 186-203
  • General Index
    pp 204-208


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