Proclus: On Platos Cratylus Brian Duvick

ISBN: 9781472501493

Published: April 10th 2014

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Proclus: On Platos Cratylus  by  Brian Duvick

Proclus: On Platos Cratylus by Brian Duvick
April 10th 2014 | ebook | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | 192 pages | ISBN: 9781472501493 | 9.67 Mb

Proclus commentary on Platos Cratylus is the only ancient commentary on this work to have survived, and is illuminating in two particular respects. First, it is actually the work of two Neoplatonists. The majority of the material is supplied byMoreProclus commentary on Platos Cratylus is the only ancient commentary on this work to have survived, and is illuminating in two particular respects. First, it is actually the work of two Neoplatonists. The majority of the material is supplied by the Athenian-based Proclus (c. 411-485 AD), who is well known for his magisterial commentaries on Platos Timaeus and Parmenides, as well as for a host of other works involving the study of Plato.

This material we have consists of excerpts from Proclus commentary edited by another figure who appears to be a Platonist working somewhat later in Alexandria. Consequently it contains insights into the philosophy of both of the principal late antique centres of Platonism: Athens and Alexandria. Secondly, the material is divided between the grittier issues of language-theory, on which it engages freely with other ancient philosophies, and theological discussion, mostly involved with the etymologies of the names of Greek gods, in which Proclus is more concerned to relate his own brand of Platonism to the Orphic and Chaldaean theological systems, and also to Homer.

This English translation, accompanied by Brian Duvicks extensive notes, explicates all these facets of the ancient text.



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