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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Conventionally, it is held that in writing hortensiua HortensiusCicero made use of Aristotle’s Protrepticus. When he read this book, he tells us, “My spirit was filled with an extraordinary desire for the eternal qualities of wisdom Indeed, it was a turning point in which his heart was changed profoundly: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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Inthe first standard critical edition of the fragments was the Teubner edition of Cicero Pt. Retrieved July 14, Eder, Walter; Strothmann, Meret The German philologist Jakob Bernays was the first scholar to suggest that Aristotle ‘s Protrepticus inspired Cicero to write the Hortensius. It had probably been used as an introductory manual or text book for the philosophy that Augustine was being taught.


This was Cicerop. Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity Volumes. 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. Personally, Cicero had completed his divorce with Terentia in 51 BC.

IIIedited by C. The Philosophical Books of Cicero. Inthe first standard critical edition of the fragments was the Teubner edition of Cicero Pt.

Rabinowitz, argue it simply meant that Cicero wrote in the general protreptic style. On reading Cciero by Cicero, a strong desire for true wisdom was awakened in Augustine. If one reads Aristotle, a great effort of mind is required to undo his complexities.

Views Read Edit View history. The classical Roman writer and politician, Cicero BCwas a twofold influence on the young Hlrtensius. There have been several works of scholarship regarding Cicero’s Hortensius.

Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Histoire Et Reconstitution “. The hortejsius was a protreptic; in other words, it was a treatise designed to inspire in the reader an enthusiasm for the discipline of philosophy. Catullus defends poetry, Lucullus argues in favor of history, the eponymous Hortensius defends rhetoric, and Cicero himself praises the virtues of philosophy. Hortensius eventually delivers a speech defending oratory as the greatest of the arts.

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New York City, NY: Taylor, John Hammond Just before composing the HortensiusCicero experienced many hardships. The book changed my feelings.


In addition, the work reorganizes the fragments and provides each one with a French translation and commentary. If one reads Aristotle, a great effort of mind is required to undo hortensisu complexities.

In comparison with the writings of Cicero, however, Augustine in his adolescence found the Latin quality of the Scriptures very disappointing. Then, the character of Cicero chimes in to prove that philosophy is single-handedly the best of all the aforementioned skills.

Thus, each of the four speakers defends a different branch of study: The Women of Cicero’s Family. University of California Publications in Classical Philology.

Hortensius (Cicero)

In later describing that time of his life, Augustine said: The American Journal of Philology 81 1. IIIedited by C. This page was last cicsro on 26 Novemberat This hypothesis is not without its detractors.