Fortuna nel de beneficiis di Seneca

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Abstract

[automatically translated] Through the analysis of the semantic cursus, essential to a diachronic study of 'words', the lexeme noun Fortunately, this period reveals a semantic structure articulated around the positive coordinates of 'please' God and human destiny, it understood as a 'gift' from dispense to mortals, or 'rewards' given by the gods to deserving men, through the relationship of cause and effect underlying the fortune-virtus combination. In the age of Nero if the tragic Seneca luck with negative valence corpus reaches its peak, in Seneca prose writer presents considerable polysemic connotations. In de beneficiis in particular there is a massive presence of occurrences of luck in both the 'value fate', 'state', with both the positive meaning of 'prosperous fate' or the negative of 'doom'; constant implicit or explicit reference remains beneficium which substitutes virtus of which is still an integral part. The analysis of pairs fortune-sapientia, fortune-voluntas, fortune-memory, fortune-deus, illuminates each time the meaning of the lexeme noun depending on its context in an interdisciplinary comings and goings in the anthropological, philosophical, religious, philological .
Original languageItalian
Title of host publicationBenefattori e beneficati. La relazione asimmetrica nel 'de beneficiis' di Seneca
Pages9-24
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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