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How To Commit Philosophy Obliquely: Philodemus’ Epigrams In The Light Of His Peri Parrhesias

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Philodemus occasionally fashioned a persona for himself in his epigrams that differs from that of the serious voice he uses in his prose treatises, in that his poetic self often falls short of the aims set by his prosaic self. This essay looks closely at two of these epigrams in order to show both how they accord with Philodemus’ Περí παρρησíας, and how the particular technique of speaking frankly therein derives from poetic and Platonic models.



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