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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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Inthe first standard critical edition of the fragments was the Teubner edition of Cicero Pt.

It gave me different values and priorities. Classical scholars identify the influence of Cicero – some would go further to say hortenskus emulation of Cicero – in some of the writing style of Augustine, and in his choice of writing topics.


Conventionally, it is held that in order to spread the wealth of Greek philosophy among the leading citizens of Rome, Cicero adapted and expanded upon Aristotle’s Protrepticus. Retrieved December 21, Collins, James Henderson Catulus, for the same reasons, begins to laud literature, especially tragedy and comedy.

Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy. It had probably been used as an introductory manual or text book for the philosophy that Augustine was being taught. Retrieved from ” https: Dacre Balson, John P. It altered my prayers, Lord, to be towards yourself.


Hortensius (Cicero)

Catullus responds by reminding him of the boons philosophy grants. But later, through a love of wisdom in him that was inspired by Cicero, Augustine was attracted back to the Christian faith and to baptism by an inner calling that finally he could no longer resist.

There have been several works of scholarship regarding Cicero’s Hortensius. Political De Imperio Cn. Lucullus critiques this opinion, arguing that cicsro study of history is the best use of otium.

Hortensius (Cicero)

Indeed, it was a turning point in which his heart was changed profoundly: The Protreptics of Plato, Isocrates, and Aristotle. Conventionally, it is held that in writing his HortensiusCicero made use of Aristotle’s Protrepticus.

Hortensius then declares that oratory is the greatest of the arts. InOtto Plasberg wrote a dissertation on the fragments. After Hortensius argues that oratory is the greatest art, Cicero “appeal[s] as earnestly as [he can] for the study of philosophy”. The work moved him deeply, [37] [43] and in both his Confessions and De beata vita he wrote that the book engendered in him an intense interest in philosophy and the pursuit of wisdom. 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.


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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. The American Journal of Ciicero. But that book filled me with the love of wisdom which is called philosophy in Greek. Retrieved August 9, The Hortensius also counselled against the pursuit of sensual pleasure because it distracted a person from the discipline of thought.

Out of the horetnsius, Augustine preserved the largest portion of text, although the work is still considered lost. Augustine on Hortensius [37]. In Carthage at about the age of nineteen Augustine fell in love with the concept of wisdom through reading the works of Cicero.

Augustine and the ‘Hortensius’ of Cicero”. While the dialogue was extremely popular in the ancient world, [3] the dialogue only survived into the sixth century AD.

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