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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Out of the four, Augustine preserved the largest portion of text, although the work is still considered lost. Just before composing the HortensiusCicero experienced many hardships.

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It gave me different values and priorities. It gave me different values and priorities. The influence of Cicero then pervaded in both the thought and Latin writing style of Augustine until the day he died.

Augustine on Hortensius [2].

This, he contended, was additional proof that Cicero depended upon Aristotle. Histoire Et Reconstitution “. Catulus counters by reminding Hortensius of the boons philosophy grants.

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Augustine Through the Ages: Johns Hopkins University Press: Personal life Political career Writings. Eder, Walter; Strothmann, Meret Since the writings of Cicero who had died centuries earlier in the year 43 BC made no mention of Christ whom Augustine had heard of as a boy, he decided to compare the wisdom of Cicero to the Christian Scriptures.


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He later wrote in Confessions that it left a lasting impression on him and moved him to embrace philosophy. Retrieved February 12, The discussion quickly becomes one about otium Latin for leisure.

Hortensius (Cicero)

He learned to read by studying the Roman poet Virgil BCand he learned to speak well by studying the Roman orator and politician, Cicero BC. Through all of the years of spiritual unease “restlessness” up to the time of the conversion of Augustine to the Christian religion, Cicero would remain the one master from whom the young African learned the most. IIIedited by C.

The dialogue—which is named after Cicero’s friendly rival and associate, [nb 1] the speaker and politician Quintus Hortensius Hortalus —took the form of a protreptic. Due to these events, Cicero isolated himself in his villa at Asturawhere he composed several works.

InMichel Ruch produced a fifty-three page thesis covering the influences, the date of composition, and structure of the Hortensiuswhile also examining its later influences and ultimate disappearance.

In addition, Cicero’s daughter, Tulliawhom he loved greatly, [8] suddenly became ill and died during the month of February in the year of 45 BC. Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Augustine on Hortensius [37]. The American Journal of Philology 81 1. This discussion quickly becomes one about otium Latin for leisurewhich Hortensius describes as “not those things which demand a great intellectual effort” quibus intedam rebus animumbut rather “those through which the mind can ease and rest sed quibus relaxem ac remittam.


Sheed, in the work, “Cicero attempts to persuade Quintus Hortensius Hortalus But while it was popular for a time, the Hortensius survived only until around the sixth century AD, after which it was lost. Conventionally, it is held that in writing his HortensiusCicero made use of Aristotle’s Protrepticus.

This last event shook him to his core, and in a letter to his friend Titus Pomponius Atticushe wrote, “I have lost the one thing that bound me to life. In it, Plasberg provides a hypothesized order to the fragments, and supplies a Latin introduction and commentary. The Protreptics of Plato, Isocrates, and Aristotle. Aristotle’s Protrepticus and the Sources of its Reconstruction. Political De Imperio Cn.

The German philologist Jakob Bernays was the first scholar to suggest that the Protrepticus inspired Cicero. Personal life Political career Writings. Even so, he began to question deeply the meaning of evil and the power of sin.