Cicero’s Paradoxa Stoicorum : a commentary, an interpretation, and a study of its influence

Auteur: Ronnick, Michele Valerie
Titre: Cicero’s Paradoxa Stoicorum : a commentary, an interpretation, and a study of its influence
Revue/Collection: Ph. D. (Thesis)
Lieu èdition: Ann Arbor
Éditeur: ProQuest Dissertations Publishing
Annèe edition: 1990
Pages: 326
Mots-clès: Héritage - Fortuna - Legacy, Philologie - Filologia - Philology, Philosophie - Filosofia - Philosophy
Description: [Ronnick, Michele Valerie] [Abstract] This dissertation examines in detail the nature of the Paradoxa Stoicorum, the shortest of Marcus Tullius Cicero's extant philosophical works and its influence on western society. Its seven chapters provide a detailed account of the Paradoxa Stoicorum from the time of its composition in 46 B.C.E. through the Middle Ages and Renaissance up to the present day.
The first three chapters, The Historical Setting, The Philosophical Content, and The Rhetorical Structure place the book in its social and historical nexus and establish its importance as a well-crafted work, rhetorical and philosophical in nature, that evinces the technical and artistic brilliance of the mature Ciceronian style. In chapters four and five, The History of the Paradoxa Stoicorum as a Manuscript and The History of the Paradoxa Stoicorum as a Printed Book, the principles of codicology and techniques of historical bibliography have been applied to prove that the Paradoxa Stoicorum was a work that enjoyed a heretofore unacknowledged popularity, and whose influence as a standard text in school and university curricula from the Middle Ages onward has had a lasting impact in various ways upon literature, philosophy, educational theory and the history of the early printed book. Chapter six offers the reader a new translation of the Paradoxa Stoicorum based upon the received text and readings derived from the manuscripts of the 9th and 11th centuries. This represents only the second time the Paradoxa Stoicorum has been translated in this century. Chapter seven complements chapter six with its exegetical commentary which concerns interesting aspects about the Paradoxa Stoicorum that have gone unnoticed by earlier scholars.
A triad of appendices provide the reader with new compilations of data: a table of catalogue entries for the Paradoxa Stoicorum covering the Middle Ages and Renaissance, a list of 157 manuscripts which have gone uncollected until now that contain or pertain to the Paradoxa Stoicorum, and a full catalogue of 420 items covering its history in print from 1465 to the present. Six charts and seven photographs have been added to illustrate the significance of this data, and amplify this "biography of a book."
Sigle auteur: Ronnick 1990