AUGUSTINE AND THE HORTENSIUS OF CICERO. By JOHN HAMMOND TAYLOR, S. J.. St. Augustine, in his student days at Carthage, as every reader. 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”.

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In the dialogue, Quintus Lutatius Catulus admires the art in Lucullus’ home, while Quintus Hortensius praises ciecro skill behind the art. Catulus counters by reminding Hortensius of the boons philosophy grants.

This meeting takes place in Lucullus’ villa. Political De Imperio Cn. Catulus admires the sculptures on display in Lucullus’s home, and Hortensius praises the skill behind the art. Histoire Et Reconstitution “. The Women of Cicero’s Family. In addition to Cicero passimsee Dio Cassius xxxviii. In 56, Hortensius admired Cato the Younger “so much that he wanted them to be kinsmen, not merely friends,” [4] and proposed to marry Cato’s daughter, Porcia Catoniswho was only about 20 years old at the time.

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In the year before his consulship he came into collision with Cicero in the case of Gaius Verresand from that time his supremacy at the bar was lost.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Of the four, Nonius Marcellus and Augustine preserve the most, although the lines preserved by Nonius Marcellus have been called “extremely brief and very difficult to place in a context”. In addition, the work reorganizes the fragments and provides each one with a French translation and commentary. For other uses of “Hortensius”, see Hortensius disambiguation.


Library resources about Hortensius Cicero. The dialogue takes place at villa of Lucius Licinius Lucullusbetween 65 and 60 BC, during an unnamed feriae — an ancient Roman holiday. This page was last edited on 26 Novemberat Philosophical works by Cicero.

Consequently, in political cases, the two men were often engaged on the same side cicer. From that time his reputation as an advocate was established. 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.

In addition, using Bywater and Usener, the German philologist Hermann Alexander Diels found a fragment of Hortensius in the Soliloquies of Augustine connecting the section to a fragment of the Protrepticus in order to strengthen the argument that Cicero did depend upon Aristotle. 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.

After Pompey’s return from the East in 61, Hortensius withdrew from public life and devoted himself to his profession. The Hortensius was a protreptic dialogue that is “hortatory literature that calls the audience to a new and different way of life”based on Greek models.

Retrieved from ” https: Retrieved from ” https: Hortensius hrotensius that the visual arts horrtensius suitable for such a usage of free time. Having served during two campaigns in the Social War, he became quaestor in 81, aedile in 75, praetor in 72, and consul in Aristotle’s Protrepticus and the Sources of its Reconstruction.

The book changed my feelings. Retrieved July 13, Retrieved December 21, Encyclopedia of Women in the Ancient World.

Another of Cicero’s works, his history of Latin oratory known as the Brutusis dedicated to the memory of Hortensius. University of California Press, Cicero’s exhortation was the advice ‘not to study one particular sect but to love and seek and pursue and hold fast and strongly embrace wisdom itself, wherever found. InOtto Plasberg wrote a dissertation hortensiud the fragments.


The Hortensius was renowned and popular in early and late antiquity[38] and it likely inspired a number of Roman thinkers, like the silver age authors Seneca the Younger and Tacitusthe early Christian writer Lactantiusand the early medieval philosopher Boethius.

Views Read Edit View history. He also possessed a fine musical voice, which he could skillfully command.

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He later wrote in Confessions that it left a lasting impression on him and moved him to embrace philosophy.

Since Porcia was already married to Marcus Calpurnius Bibulus and had borne him two children, Cato refused to dissolve the marriage. Retrieved December 21, Augustine on Hortensius [37]. This meant Caesar was functioning as a de facto king, much to Cicero’s chagrin.

Hortensius (Cicero)

Even though his gestures were highly artificial, and his manner of folding his toga was noted by tragic actors of the day, [8] he was such a “gifted performer that even professional actors would stop rehearsal and come to watch him hold an audience captive with each swish of his toga. Although none of Hortensius’ speeches is extant, his oratory, according to Cicero, was of the Asiatic stylea florid rhetoricbetter to hear than to read.

Over the centuries, Hortensius’s orations were lost, and the last person reported in the literature to have read and commented upon one of Hortensius’s original works was the first century AD rhetorician Quintilian. Taylor, John Hammond