Olympiodorus: Life of Plato and On Plato First Alcibiades 1–9

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Michael Griffin
Bloomsbury Publishing, Dec 18, 2014 - Philosophy - 256 pages
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Olympiodorus (AD c. 500–570), possibly the last non-Christian teacher of philosophy in Alexandria, delivered these lectures as an introduction to Plato with a biography. For us, they can serve as an accessible introduction to late Neoplatonism. Olympiodorus locates the First Alcibiades at the start of the curriculum on Plato, because it is about self-knowledge. His pupils are beginners, able to approach the hierarchy of philosophical virtues, like the aristocratic playboy Alcibiades. Alcibiades needs to know himself, at least as an individual with particular actions, before he can reach the virtues of mere civic interaction. As Olympiodorus addresses mainly Christian students, he tells them that the different words they use are often symbols of truths shared between their faiths.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
2 Human excellence and the First Alcibiades in later Neoplatonism
7
3 The ancient tradition on the First Alcibiades
19
4 Proclus on the First Alcibiades
27
5 Olympiodorus on the First Alcibiades
33
this volume
46
7 Conclusions
47
Testimonia to the First Alcibiades ordered by century
49
Translation
69
Notes
161
Bibliography
218
EnglishGreek Glossary
228
GreekEnglish Index
235
Index of Passages Cited
242
Index of Names and Places
244
Subject Index
246

Textual Emendations
67

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Olympiodorus (AD c. 500–570 CE) was one of the latest non-Christian teachers of pagan philosophy in Alexandria.

Michael Griffin is Assistant Professor of Classics and Philosophy at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.

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