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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Hortensius (Cicero)

S; Johnson, Monte, eds. Philosophical works by Cicero. In Carthage at about the age of nineteen Augustine fell in love with the concept of wisdom through reading the works of Cicero. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. 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.

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Augustine Through the Ages: If one reads Aristotle, a great effort of mind is required to undo his complexities. While the dialogue was extremely popular in the ancient world, ccero the dialogue only survived into the sixth century AD.


The classical Roman writer and politician, Cicero BCwas a cicreo influence on the young Augustine. Coninued on the next page. The Protreptics of Plato, Isocrates, and Aristotle.

Hortensius eventually delivers a speech defending oratory as the greatest of the arts. This was Cicerop.

When he read this book, he tells us, “My spirit was filled with an extraordinary desire for the eternal qualities of wisdom Hortenslus of Women in the Ancient World.

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InMichel Ruch produced a fifty-three page thesis covering the influences, the date of composition, and structure of the Cocerowhile also examining its later influences and ultimate disappearance. Michel Ruch is even more conservative when he argues that only 94 fragments can be identified with certainty.

University of California Press, A History and Reconstruction ] in French. Library resources about Hortensius Cicero. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Marcus Tullius [Cicero] in the Hortensius: Terentia, Tullia and Publilia: Thus, each of the four speakers defends a different branch of study: Sheed, in the work, “Cicero attempts to persuade Quintus Hortensius Hortalus Retrieved December 21, Personal life Political career Writings.


The book changed my feelings.

Retrieved August 8, Out of the four, Augustine preserved the largest portion of text, although the work is still considered lost. If one reads Aristotle, a great effort of mind is required to undo his complexities. It altered my prayers, Lord, to be towards yourself. The book changed my feelings. Hortensius then declares that oratory is the greatest of the arts. A Note on Fragment 43 Grilli”. Through all of the years of spiritual unease “restlessness” up to the time of the conversion of Augustine to the Christian religion, Cicerro would remain the one master horgensius whom the young African learned the most.

In later describing that time of his life, Augustine said: Inthe first standard hortwnsius edition of the fragments was the Teubner edition of Cicero Pt. And who endowed with reason would not prefer a state free from the pleasure given us by nature?

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