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Bibil Identifier bibil:249995
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Greco-Roman Ethical-Philosophical Influences in Bardaisan’s "Book of the Laws of Countries"
Author Robertson, Paul
Journal Vigiliae Christianae (Volume: 71, Issue: 5)
Year (Publication) 2017
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2017
Year (Copyright) 2017
Year (Reference) 2017
Language English
Pages 511-540 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Bardaisan of Edessa’s Book of the Laws of Countries contains many elements of Greco-Roman ethical philosophy, ranging from loose allusions to fairly clear instances of direct borrowing. The influences from Greco-Roman philosophy are diverse, including Stoicism, Cynicism, Epicureanism, and the nebulously-defined "Middle Platonic" material that drew and innovated from both Platonic and Stoic sources. Specifically, we see in Laws several ethical concepts derived from Greco-Roman philosophy: the ideal human attitude to external forces, particularly the evils of society; the link between divinity, inner moral character, and proper ethics; the innate goodness of human character that can be improved and perfected based on an ideal of nature; and (closely aligned with the first concept) an understanding that moral virtue is determined by one’s individual, free will decisions, implying an innate valuation of the internal at the expense of the external.
DOI 10.1163/15700720-12341319
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Gnosticism : Sects and Schools : Bardaisanites : Bardaisan
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Graeco-Roman World : Literature - Philosophy : Philosophy
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Near East : Lands of the Levant (except Canaan-Israel) : Syria
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Themes : Ethics
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Themes : Philosophy
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Graeco-Roman World : Literature - Philosophy : Philosophy : Middle Platonism
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Graeco-Roman World : Literature - Philosophy : Philosophy : Stoics
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