Philosophia in Cicero’s Speeches


A public lecture presented by Walter Englert Omar & Althea Hoskins Professor of Classical Studies at Reed College

Among the finest orators of his age, Cicero built up his career and his life by means of public speech. But Cicero was also a devoted student of Greek philosophy, and in his philosophical works he experimented with how best to make Greek philosophy Roman.

This lecture will analyze the vocabulary Cicero used in his speeches when he referred to philosophical activity. How did Cicero refer to philosophy in public, oratorical contexts? What motivated how he shaped his audience’s view of philosophy?

Monday, October 19 | 7:00 PM | Griffin Hall 7