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There is general agreement that De virtutibus belongs to a set of treatises conventionally known as the Exposition of the Law, the most carefully structured and thematically cohesive of Philo Judaeus of Alexandria's three commentary series. An examination of the most important of these statements indicates how Philo has organized the various treatises of the Exposition, and provides some insight as to the commentary's major themes and aims. In order to grasp their full import, it is essential to bear in mind that Philo's claims about the law were not mere theoretical ruminations, but emanated from an intense personal involvement in the struggle of the Alexandrian Jewish community for civil rights. Philo announces that the type of courage is a form of knowledge located in the soul and cultivated by the practitioners of wisdom, whose overriding concern is the common good.

Keywords:courage; Exposition; Philo Judaeus



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