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Hermias: On Plato Phaedrus 227A245E


Baltzly, D and Share, M, Hermias: On Plato Phaedrus 227A-245E, Bloomsbury Academic, United Kingdom, pp. 352. ISBN 9781350051904 (2018) [Authored Research Book]

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This commentary records, through notes taken by Hermias, Syrianus' seminar on Plato's Phaedrus, one of the world's most influential celebrations of erotic beauty and love. It is the only Neoplatonic commentary on Plato's Phaedrus to have survived in its entirety. Further interest comes from the recorded interventions by Syrianus' pupils - including those by Proclus, his eventual successor as head of the Athenian school, who went on to teach Hermias' father, Ammonius.

The first of two volumes of Hermias' commentary, the chapters translated here discuss the argument that the soul can be proved immortal as being the self-moving source of eternal motion. Aristotle explicitly disagreed with Plato on this treatment of the soul and Syrianus, having previously (in a commentary on the Metaphysics) criticised Aristotle severely when he disagreed with Plato, feels obliged here, too, to address the apparent disagreement. This new translation is thus vital for understanding Syrianus' attitude to Aristotle.

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Item Type:Authored Research Book
Keywords:Plato, ancient readers, philosopy
Research Division:Philosophy and Religious Studies
Research Group:History and philosophy of specific fields
Research Field:History of philosophy
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in philosophy and religious studies
UTAS Author:Baltzly, D (Professor Dirk Baltzly)
UTAS Author:Share, M (Dr Michael Share)
ID Code:122735
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:Office of the School of Humanities
Deposited On:2017-11-24
Last Modified:2019-09-10

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