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Practical Ethics for Roman GentlemenThe Work of Valerius Maximus$
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Clive Skidmore

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780859894777

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9780859894777.001.0001

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Valerius's Moral Purpose

Valerius's Moral Purpose

(p.53) 7 Valerius's Moral Purpose
Practical Ethics for Roman Gentlemen

Clive Skidmore

Liverpool University Press

This chapter examines the moral purpose of Valerius' Memorable Words and Deeds. Most of his chapters are devoted to virtues, others to their practical exercise and to matters of moral ambiguity, but there are also those devoted to vices. The discussion covers instances where moral exhortation rather than moral guidance is needed; less clear-cut issues on which a reader might well require moral guidance; and chapters devoted to the subject of consolation.

Keywords:   Valerius Maximus, Memorable Words and Deeds, moral guidance, moral education, consolation

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