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Proclus: Commentary On Plato’s Republic, vol 1


Baltzly, DC and Finamore, J and Miles, G, Proclus: Commentary On Plato's Republic, vol 1, Cambridge University Press, Australia, pp. xi + 385. ISBN 9781316650899 (2018) [Authored Research Book]

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Copyright 2018 Dirk Baltzly, John Finamore and Graeme Miles

DOI: doi:10.1017/9781316650899


The commentary on Plato's Republic by Proclus (d. 485 CE), which takes the form of a series of essays, is the only sustained treatment of the dialogue to survive from antiquity. This three-volume edition presents the first complete English translation of Proclus' text, together with a general introduction that argues for the unity of Proclus' Commentary and orients the reader to the use which the Neoplatonists made of Plato's Republic in their educational program. Each volume is completed by a Greek word index and an English-Greek glossary that will help non-specialists to track the occurrence of key terms throughout the translated text. The first volume of the edition presents Proclus' essays on the point and purpose of Plato's dialogue, the arguments against Thrasymachus in Book I, the rules for correct poetic depictions of the divine, a series of problems about the status of poetry across all Plato's works, and finally an essay arguing for the fundamental agreement of Plato's philosophy with the divine wisdom of Homer which is, on Proclus' view, allegorically communicated through his poems.

Item Details

Item Type:Authored Research Book
Keywords:ancient philosophy, classical studies
Research Division:Philosophy and Religious Studies
Research Group:Philosophy
Research Field:Philosophy not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in philosophy and religious studies
UTAS Author:Baltzly, DC (Professor Dirk Baltzly)
UTAS Author:Miles, G (Dr Graeme Miles)
ID Code:123464
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:Office of the School of Humanities
Deposited On:2018-01-09
Last Modified:2019-07-29

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