Different Philosophies

Cato the Elder: –Dorota Dutsch, „The Beginnings: Philosophy in Roman Literature Before 155 B.C.“, in: Myrto Garani & David Konstan (eds.), The Philosophizing Muse: The Influence of Greek Philosophy on Roman Poetry, 2014


Gaius Minicus Fundanus (praetor 97 CE, consul 107 CE)

This prominent Roman man, long known to have been a friend of both Pliny the Younger and the Platonist Plutarch of Chaironeia, was recently discovered to have authored a Latin Dialogue on the Customs of the Greeks and Romans with Plutarch and Pliny as the principal speakers, when the beginning of this work was found in a manuscript of Pliny the Elder’s Natural History. As it has no connections to religion, I will not discuss it here (for now at least), but I strongly recommend reading Gibson’s translation of the rediscovered fragment (coming to about eight pages, half of them covered by detailed footnotes). The dialogue is one of the few interesting texts that have ever been written on the dreary topic of comparing Greeks and Romans, and an almost unique comparison of philosophical and non-philosophical morality.

Roy Gibson, „Pliny and Plutarch’s Practical Ethics. A Newly Rediscovered Dialogue“, in: Roman Literature under Nerva, Trajan and Hadrian, 2018