In addition to the Loeb Classical Library volumes noted as freely available online at Loebolus and Edonnelly, the Internet Archive has available Cicero’s Rhetorica ad Herennium (Loeb vol. 403) in a number of formats. Another HTML version is also available from the University of Chicago. Among the work’s other features, it contains a robust treatment of memory, which continues to have significance still today.
Tag: Greco-Roman Backgrounds
A new collection of online Loeb Classical Library volumes is now available (HT: Charles Jones).
This new collection provides locally-hosted PDFs that can be downloaded without completing a CAPTCHA field.
The page also provides a link to a single ZIP file (3.2 GB) that contains all the individual LCL volume PDFs available on the page.
Brookins, “Dispute with Stoicism”
Tim Brookins has the latest article in the Journal of Greco-Roman Christianity and Judaism, “Dispute with Stoicism in the Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus.” According to Brookins,
It is not my aim to continue discussion regarding the criterion for the rich man’s judgment. But I propose that there is more to be said about the meaning of the parable in light of a Greco-Roman milieu. . . . I shall take up [Ronald] Hock’s wider net and cast it once again in the direction of Hellenistic philosophy. It will be argued that, while the parable may share a Cynic viewpoint on the issue of wealth, it also conveys pronounced resistance to certain Stoic ideas on this issue. As a supporting argument it will further be suggested that the parable reflects elements of rhetorical ‘declamation’ (declamatio), which was in certain circles closely associated with Stoic philosophy. With these substantive and formal features taken together, we shall see that the parable means to interact with Stoicism, though in a way that is subversive to the Stoic ideas evoked (35–36; underlining for original italics).
For the full text of Brookins’ article, please see the current JGRChJ volume page.
Google Books has available Octavius Owen’s two-volume translation of Aristotle’s Organon.
Volume 1 (1901) includes Categories, Interpretation, Prior Analytics, and Posterior Analytics.
Volume 2 (1902) includes Topics and Sophistical Refutations with Porphyry’s introduction to Aristotle.
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Cicero on the Earth as Sphere
Jim Davila has picked up a discussion about ancient testimony to the earth’s spherical shape. Cicero also, by way of his Stoic character Balbus, comments to this effect, saying,
[T]he sea, which is above the earth, tends still toward the earth’s centre, and so is itself shaped in conformity to the globe of the earth and nowhere spills or overflows. (171; italics added)
So, the Stoics, and perhaps Cicero, also would have acknowledged a spherical earth “before their time” (75, 238).
Logos Bible Software and the Perseus Project
As noted earlier, Logos Bible Software is working on releasing over 3000 texts from the Perseus Project for free to Logos 4 users. Included here is Perseus’s substantive collection of Greek and Latin classics and their translations. This collection also offers access to Perseus’s dictionaries and lexica and integrated searching with the rest of a user’s Logos library. For further details, see here.