Hermias: On Plato Phaedrus 227A-245E

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Hermias: On Plato Phaedrus 227A-245E

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. Les mer
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Hermias: On Plato Phaedrus 227A-245E

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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Introduction

Departures from Lucarini and Moreschini's Text
Translation

Notes

Bibliography

English-Greek Glossary
Greek-English Index
Subject Index

A translation of the first half of Hermias' lecture notes on Syrianus' seminar in which he discusses Plato's Phaedrus, accompanied by extensive commentary notes, introduction and indexes.

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