Cicero and tyrannio: Mens addita videtur meis aedibus (ad atticum 4.8.2)


Journal Article

Scholar and teacher Tyrannio is known for his management of the Sullan library of Aristotle and for his reorganization of Cicero's library in Antium. The investigation here examines the parallel between these activities with focus on the curious phrase that Cicero uses to describe Tyrannio's achievement, mens addita videtur meis aedibus. Conclusions include: mens means to invoke Anaxagorean voṽζ; mens also alludes to the story that Plato used the nickname ó Noṽζ ("the Brain ") for Aristotle. This reading illuminates the badinage characteristic of Cicero's letters to Atticus while also adding to our understanding of Tyrannio's position within their social circle.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Johnson, WA

Published Date

  • June 1, 2012

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 105 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 471 - 477

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1558-9234

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0009-8418

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1353/clw.2012.0032

Citation Source

  • Scopus