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Later Greek Voices On The Predicament Of Exile: From Teles To Plutarch And Favorinus By Heinz-Günther Nesselrath

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The great Hellenistic schools of philosophy gave much thought to the question how human beings could or should deal with the many instances of danger or misery in their lives, and numerous treatises were written with the aim of helping people cope with catastrophic events. The structure of Teles' brief treatise on exile is simple and straightforward, namely a series of questions and answers. Its main aim is to show that being in exile is no way harmful to a rational human being: just as a skilled worker does not lose his skills when being abroad. Plutarch concludes his essay with an observation which he already hinted in first part that man's true home is not on earth but in heaven. Favorinus' long disquisition on exile few quotations to be found in Stobaeus-solely been preserved by a papyrus which at the beginning and the end is rather mutilated.

Keywords: Favorinus; Greek voices; Hellenistic schools; papyrus; Plutarch; Stobaeus; Teles



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