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By Peter Mountford

On his first project for a rapacious hedge fund, Gabriel embarks to Bolivia on the finish of 2005 to ferret out insider information regarding the plans of the debatable president-elect. If Gabriel succeeds, he'll get an advantage that will make him safe for all times. status in his means are his headstrong mom, herself a survivor of Pinochet’s Chile, and Gabriel’s new love curiosity, the president’s passionate press liaison. stuck in a transforming into internet of lies and wondering his personal function in making the most of an impoverished humans, Gabriel units in movement a terrifying plan which could fee him the affection of all these he holds dear.

within the culture of Martin Amis, Joshua Ferris, and Sam Lipsyte—set opposed to the lovely mountainous backdrop of l. a. Paz and interspersed with Bolivia’s unhappy heritage of obdurate survival—Peter Mountford examines the severe offerings a tender guy makes as his global closes in on him.

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They harm people to help themselves. As for wisdom, Carneades ‘wished us to see’ that the man who stays mum over copper, slave or house is not wise (sapiens) but smart (callidus et astutus). Dumb animals can be smart too. Wisdom is something else: it is intelligence applied either to doing good and right or to refraining from unsound words and deeds. That is why a wise man does not seek profit, but is sociable and generous, herein displaying his kinship with God. Finally there are the consequences of virtuous action to be considered.

Clarke (1974) is an excellent commentary on this work. Lactant_01_Intro 14 10/19/03, 15:16 INTRODUCTION 15 entirely neglectful of the common man. 40 Cicero, his favourite author, is presented as both philosopher and orator. The relative sidelining of the vulgus in Lactantius is not unconnected with the fact that his target audience are docti, learned pagans, rather than the mass of indocti. 41 When it comes to divine testimony, Lactantius makes a decisive move away from scriptural authority, specifically the prophets, early in Book 1.

23; c. Faust. 15 (Manichees use Hermes, among other authorities). 55 See Fontaine (1978); Guillaumin (1978). 1, 335–472 (Collins). 6ff. 57 See Rut. Nam. Red. , 55ff. (Stilicho’s act a worse crime than Nero’s matricide). 17. 26–30; Origen, c. Cels. 53; cf. 62. Lactant_01_Intro 17 10/19/03, 15:16 18 LACTANTIUS: DIVINE INSTITUTES Lactantius uses the Sibylline Oracles extensively. There are 57 citations of one or more verses. Moreover, 37 citations appear in Books 4 and 7 where Lactantius is expounding Christian doctrine, and might have been expected to have used the testimony of Scripture almost exclusively.

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