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By University Professor of Classics and Philosophy Brad Inwood, Jaap Mansfeld, Allen, Keimpe Algra, Professor of Ancient Philosophy Myles Burnyeat, Dorandi, Glucker, Emeritus Fellow of Somerville College Miriam Griffin, Hankinson, George Martin Lane Professo

Cicero's philosophical works are a wealthy resource for the knowledge of Hellenistic philosophy, and his educational Books are of serious significance for the learn of historical epistemology, specifically the vital debate among the educational sceptics and the Stoics. This quantity makes Cicero's demanding paintings obtainable to philosophers and historians of philosophy and represents the easiest present paintings in either fields.
The ten papers released listed here are the paintings of prime gurus from North the United States, England and Europe; they have been offered and mentioned on the 7th Symposium Hellenisticum at Utrecht, August 1995, and care for each element of the tutorial Books, ancient, literary and philosophical.
Several papers make significant contributions to the certainty of historical scepticism and sceptical arguments, to the function of Socrates in later Greek inspiration, to the heritage of the Academy as an establishment, and to the philosophical stance of Cicero himself.

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Att. 3 (Tll) of June 45, referring to the first edition now being transferred to Varro. The same expression is used in Att. 1 (T14). 3 (T16) of the Varro edition, the expression is clearly not a title but a brief description or nickname. 5 (T16). Certainly the latter is a neuter plural and could be read as parallel to 'Stoica', 'Epicurea', '1tEpt1tiX'tTJttKa', which occur shortly before, and indeed, as Plasberg (1922) x pointed out, to 'Antiochia' two sentences later: that is, A cademi ca could be translated as 'this Academic material', or as Plasberg puts it, 'non libros dicit sed res'.

Also Att. 1 (Tl2). 58 Att. 1 (Tl4): 'simul ac veni ad villam eosdem illos sermones ad Catonem Brutumque transtuli. ecce tuae litterae de Varrone'. 59 Att. l3 (Tl2) . 60 Att. 1 (Tl4). For fuller discussion of the implications of the phrase 'eosdem illos sermones ad Catonem Brutumque transtuli', see below pp. 20-3. 16 M. GRIFFIN fact mention them until the second letter about Varro, Att. 1 (Tl2), and he clearly made them because he was afraid ofVarro's high standards. He also hoped to soften Varro's displeasure, which he had real reason to fear.

In so saying he does not simply insist that he is a spokesman (as was suggested in the discussion in Utrecht). 2 So far, Cicero is perfectly in line with Arcesilaus and his followers. A personal statement ensues (66): 'And yet, I am not the sort of person who never approves of anything false, never gives assent, never holds opinions. ' Cicero thereupon, in a fine simile taken from sea-faring, prides himself on the breadth and openness of his thought. He then reminds his readers once more: 'But it is not my own person we are dealing with, it is the wise man' (66).

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