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Schicksal und Entscheidungsfreiheit bei Quintus Smyrnaeus

  • In the Posthomerica references to an omnipotent fate or to the power of the gods are strikingly frequent. Modern scholarship has often treated this as Stoic. Closer reading reveals that Quintus is, on the one hand, following the Homeric concept of double motivation, according to which humans can be motivated by a deity only to an act that conforms to their character and for which they are responsible. On the other hand, Quintus gives these statements on responsibility to characters who are trying to excuse their own acts to themselves and, particularly, to others, i.e. they are motivated contextually. It would be non-Stoic to excuse oneself for a bad deed by reference to an almighty fate. It seems that Quintus, by presenting this tension, wanted the reader to reconsider and reflect on the different concepts.

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Author:Ursula GärtnerORCiDGND
Parent Title (German):Philologus
Document Type:Article
Year of first Publication:2014
Year of Completion:2014
Release Date:2019/03/14
Tag:Entscheidungsfreiheit; Schicksal; Stoa
Posthomerica; Quintus Smyrnaeus
First Page:97
Last Page:129
Organizational units:Philosophische Fakultät / Klassische Philologie
Dewey Decimal Classification:8 Literatur / 87 Lateinische, italische Literaturen / 870 Italische Literaturen; Lateinische Literatur
9 Geschichte und Geografie / 93 Geschichte des Altertums (bis ca. 499), Archäologie / 930 Geschichte des Altertums bis ca. 499, Archäologie
Peer Review:Referiert
Notes extern:Zweitveröffentlichung in der Schriftenreihe Postprints der Universität Potsdam : Philosophische Reihe ; 134