By Alex Dressler

whereas the vital excellent of Roman philosophy exemplified via Lucretius, Cicero and Seneca seems to be the masculine values of self-sufficiency and domination, this publication argues, via shut realization to metaphor and figures, that the Romans additionally famous, as constitutive components of human event, what for them have been female thoughts corresponding to embodiment, vulnerability and dependency. Expressed in particular within the personification of grammatically female nouns resembling Nature and Philosophy 'herself', the Roman's reputation of this deepest 'feminine' a part of himself provides a distinction along with his stated, public self and demanding situations the typical philosophical narrative of the emergence of subjectivity and individuality with modernity. to satisfy this problem, Alex Dressler bargains either theoretical exposition and case stories, constructing powerful typologies of personification and personhood that would be useable for quite a few matters past classics, together with rhetoric, comparative literature, gender experiences, political idea and the heritage of ideas.

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