Abstract

summary:

This paper studies the encounter between Cicero and Cato the Younger in Lucullus’s Tusculan library at De finibus 3–4. I examine Cicero’s attitude toward Cato’s physical presence in the library room in conjunction with surviving philological, archeological, and literary evidence regarding Republican villa libraries and the settings of Cicero’s other philosophical dialogues. This evidence suggests that we approach the scene from the De finibus cautiously, not as a normative presentation of a library and its use, but as a finely crafted literary set piece within Cicero’s larger work of philosophical literature.

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Additional Information

ISSN
2575-7199
Print ISSN
2575-7180
Pages
pp. 117-147
Launched on MUSE
2016-05-26
Open Access
No
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