This page cannot be viewed in frames

Go to page

If you have found a spelling error, please, notify us by selecting that text and pressing Ctrl+Enter.

Romans did not like philosophy

This post is also available in: Polish (polski)

Marcus Aurelius
Marcus Aurelius

The Roman Empire gave birth to some truly outstanding philosophers such as Seneca the Yougher or Marcus Aurelius. That does not mean, however, that the Romans, like the Greeks, considered meditation an important aspect of life. First, according to the Romans, philosophy was a Greek invention, and as they were conquered by the “sons of She-wolf”, it was not worthy for the Roman to deal with the matter invented by the Greek.

Secondly, the philosophy focused on perfecting the soul and interior of the human being, which according to the Romans led to forgetting about physical development, which was important for the need to protect the fatherland. Galen, a Roman physician of Greek descent from the second century CE claimed, for example, that according to the Romans, practicing philosophy was just as important as drilling holes in millet seeds.

  • M. Trapp, Philosophy in the Roman Empire: Ethics, Politics and Society, 2007

IMPERIUM ROMANUM needs your support!

If you like the content that I collect on the website and that I share on social media channels I will be grateful for the support. Even the smallest amounts will allow me to pay for further corrections, improvements on the site and pay the server.



Find out more!

Check your curiosity and learn something new about the ancient world of the Romans. By clicking on the link below, you will be redirected to a random entry.

Random curiosity

Random curiosity

Discover secrets of ancient Rome!

If you want to be up to date with newest articles on website and discoveries from the world of ancient Rome, subscribe to the newsletter, which is sent each Saturday.

Subscribe to newsletter!

Subscribe to newsletter

Spelling error report

The following text will be sent to our editors: