About this page. Source. Translated by H. de Romestin, E. de Romestin and H.T.F. Duckworth. From Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, Second Series, Vol. DE OFFICIIS MINISTRORUM OF ST. AMBROSE. In his treatise, De Officiis Ministrorum, modelled after the work of. Cicero, St. Ambrose produced the first. THE composition of Ambrose’s De officiis has proved something of a puzzle to ‘ The De Officiis Ministrorum of Saint Ambrose: An Example of the Process of.
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De officiis, by Ambrose of Milan c. Modelled on the De officiis of Cicero, it synthesizes Stoic assumptions on virtue and expediency with biblical patterns of humility, charity, ofviciis self—denial to present Ambrose’s vision of conduct appropriate for representatives of the church of Milan in the late s.
Ambrose aspires to demonstrate that Christian values not only match but also exceed the moral standards advocated by Cicero. His purpose is not to build bridges His purpose is not to build bridges between Cicero and Christ, but to replace Cicero’s work with a new Christian account of duties, designed to show the social triumph of the gospel in the world of the Roman Empire. This edition consists of Ambrose’s Latin text and a new English translation, the first since the nineteenth century.
The Introduction considers in detail such matters as the composition of the work, its intended purpose, and its combination of biblical teaching and Ciceronian Stoicism.
The Commentary Volume 2 of the set concentrates on the structure of the work, its copious citations of Scripture and Cicero, and its historical and social context. Don’t have an account?
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More De officiis, by Ambrose of Milan c. Bibliographic Information Print publication date: Print Save Cite Email Share. Subscriber Login Email Address. IV Themes and Perspectives.
VI Purpose of the Work.