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Nas origens do humanismo ocidental : os tratados filosóficos ciceronianos
Maria Helena da Rocha Pereira
AbstractThe twelve extant philosophical treatises by Cicero owe their unique position in the History of European Culture to the fact that they are a cora-promise between Greek philosophy and Roman wisdom. Cicero planned to turn the Roman minds to philosophy, but he was well aware that his practically- -minded compatriots might accuse him of neglecting the interests of the State, while he was composing his dialogues. That is why he produces so many apologies for doing this in most of the prefaces to his philosophical treatises. Special attention is also paid in this paper to the moral and political ideas contained in the De Republica, De Legibus and De Officiis. The later work´s influence on Portuguese culture is shown by the fact that it was the first work by a Classical writer to be translated (by the Infante D. Pedro, between 1433 and 1438). A few more references are provided which clearly demonstrate the rôle played by the Princes of Aviz in the diffusion of Cicero´s philosophical works.
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