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Seneca: A Philosopher in Politics
For this Clarendon Paperback, Dr Griffin has written a new Postscript to bring the original book fully up to date. She discusses further important and controversial questions of fact orExpand
Nero: The End of a Dynasty
Nero's personality and crimes have always intrigued historians and writers of fiction. However, his reign also illuminates the nature of the Julio-Claudian Principate. Nero's suicide brought to anExpand
Philosophy, Cato, and Roman Suicide: I
II. Just as suicide has been, and is, practised in all sorts of societies, from the most primitive to the most civilized, so there has probably never been a social code that sanctioned it absolutelyExpand
The Elder Seneca and Spain
The Seneca family came to Rome from Spain, the province that Rome took from Carthage in the Second Punic War, acquiring thereby great mineral wealth, splendid soldiers, and a war of conquest thatExpand
The Younger Pliny's Debt to Moral Philosophy
HOW ARE WE EVER TO UNDERSTAND the contribution made by philosophy to the intellectual equipment of educated Romans in general? Clearly we must start by extending our studies beyond those who wroteExpand
The Lyons Tablet and Tacitean Hindsight
There is already a copious literature comparing Claudius' oration on the admission of the primores Galliae into the Roman Senate with Tacitus’ account of the speech and of the opposition's case inExpand
De Beneficiis and Roman Society*
  • M. Griffin
  • Philosophy
  • Journal of Roman Studies
  • 1 November 2003
The exchange of beneficia — gifts and services — was an important feature of Greek and Roman society at all periods. Its prominence was reflected in the number of philosophical works that analysedExpand
The Senate's Story *
The Spanish inscriptions on bronze are making a fair bid to rival the Egyptian papyri in their contribution to our knowledge of the ancient world, at least as regards Roman history. Finds of the lastExpand
Philosophia togata, II : Plato and Aristotle at Rome
The role of philosophy as a valued and effective part of the culture of civilized Romans has aroused an increasing amount of scholarly interest in recent years. In this volume, which gathers togetherExpand