Cicero on Greek Women Philosophers

Author: Beltrão, Claudia
Title: Cicero on Greek Women Philosophers
Review/Collection: Mètis - Anthropologie des mondes grecs anciens, N.S.18
Year edition: 2020
Pages: 123-136
Keywords: Philosophie - Filosofia - Philosophy, Stylistique et genres littéraires - Stilistica e generi letterari - Stylistics and literary genre
Description: This paper deals with three mentions of Greek women philosophers in Cicero’s theoretical work. Through a study of the ways in which he refers to them and of the contexts and circumstances in which it happens, the main objective is to observe the discursive mechanisms structuring Cicero’s mentions these figures. Dealing with brief references to Aspasia in De inventione, Themista in De finibus, and Leontium in De natura deorum, one can see that praise or reproach depend on the point to be defended or attacked in each argumentative context. Cicero’s references to intellectual women give us a varied picture, as each of these references is designed to produce a precise effect in Cicero’s discourse [Author].
Author initials: Beltrão 2020