The mind in motion: walking and metaphorical travel in the Roman villa

Auteur: O’Sullivan, T. M.
Titre: The mind in motion: walking and metaphorical travel in the Roman villa
Revue/Collection: "Classical Philology", 101, (2)
Annèe edition: 2006
Pages: 133-152
Mots-clès: Commentaires - Commenti - Commentaries, Éloquence - Eloquenza - Eloquence, Philosophie - Filosofia - Philosophy, Stylistique et genres littéraires - Stilistica e generi letterari - Stylistics and literary genre
Description: Cicero's De oratore imagines a conversation on eloquence among statesmen of the late 2nd and early 1st cent. B.C., including L. Licinius Crassus and Q. Lutatius Catulus. In De orat. 2, 20 Catulus draws attention to the portico of Crassus' Tusculan villa in which they are walking as a setting for philosophical conversation. Catulus' phrasing highlights the temporal, physical, and social boundaries of otium: for a respectable leisure, one must have the right time, place, and company (temporis … loci … hominum). Certain architectural features in the Roman villa were intended as settings for conversations, and were even designed to remind the visitor of the physical setting of Greek philosophy. A survey of sources that cast contemplative walking (ambulatio) in the Roman home as an intellectual activity associated with Greek philosophy leads to the argument that the relationship between Greek philosophy and Roman walking is related to the philosophical model of theoria, or traveling to acquire knowledge. (Année philologique)
Sigle auteur: O’Sullivan 2006