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

Autore: O’Sullivan, T. M.
Titolo: The mind in motion: walking and metaphorical travel in the Roman villa
Rivista/Miscellanea: "Classical Philology", 101, (2)
Anno edizione: 2006
Pagine: 133-152
Parole chiave: Commentaires - Commenti - Commentaries, Éloquence - Eloquenza - Eloquence, Philosophie - Filosofia - Philosophy, Stylistique et genres littéraires - Stilistica e generi letterari - Stylistics and literary genre
Descrizione: 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)
Sigla autore: O’Sullivan 2006