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The Roman Republic of Letters: Scholarship, Philosophy, and Politics in the Age of Cicero and Caesar

Katharina Volk

Abstract

This book explores a fascinating chapter of intellectual history, focusing on the literary senators of the mid-first century BCE who came to blows over the future of Rome even as they debated philosophy, history, political theory, linguistics, science, and religion. It was a period of intense cultural flourishing and extreme political unrest—and the agents of each were very often the same people. Members of the senatorial class, including Cicero, Caesar, Brutus, Cassius, Cato, Varro, and Nigidius Figulus, contributed greatly to the development of Roman scholarship and engaged in a lively and o ... More

Keywords: late Roman Republic, Rome, Roman scholarship, Caesar, Pompey, Roman scholarship, Roman statesmanship

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780691193878
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2022 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691193878.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Katharina Volk, author
Columbia University