Roman Stoicism (1911) by Edward Vernon Arnold Free PDF book

Roman Stoicism (1911) by  Edward Vernon Arnold Free PDF book

Roman Stoicism (1911) by  Edward Vernon Arnold

This book is the outcome of a course of lectures delivered by me in successive years to Latin Honours students in accordance with the regulations of the University of Wales. It is therefore primarily intended for the assistance of classical students, but it may perhaps appeal in its present form to a somewhat wider circle.

At the time that the book was begun the best systematic exposition of the Stoic philosophy available for English readers was to be found in Prof. E. Zeller's Stoics Epicureans and Sceptics, translated by O. J. Reichel (Longmans, 1 892). This work, admirable in detail, is nevertheless somewhat inadequate to the subject, which appeared to its learned author as a mere sequel to the much more important philosophical systems of Plato and Aristotle. Since its first appearance, many qualified writers have been inclined to assign a higher rank to Stoicism, amongst whom L. Stein, A. Schmekel, and Hans von ARNIM in the German-speaking countries, and A. C. PEARSON, G. H. Rendall, and R. D. HlCKS on our own are perhaps most conspicuous.


Contents of the book:

I. The World-Religions... I'-
ll. Heraclitus and Socrates 29

III. The Academy and the Porch .... 53

IV. The Preaching of Stoicism 78

V. The Stoic Sect in Rome 99 J

VI. Of Reason and Speech . . 128

VII. The Foundations of Physics . . . . 155

VIII. The Universe 175

IX. The Supreme Problems 198

X. Religion. 216

XI. The Kingdom of the Soul 238

XII. The Law for Humanity 273 r

XIII. Daily Duties 301

XIV. Sin and Weakness 330 ^

XV. Counsels of Perfection 357 X

, XVI. Stoicism in Roman History and Literature. 380

XVII. The Stoic Strain in Christianity .... 408

Bibliography :

I. Ancient Writers and Philosophers. 437

II. Modern Writers 445

General Index 451

Greek Index 466


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