Collected Papers 1962-1999 by Taran

By Taran

The papers accrued during this quantity deal commonly with old Greek or Roman philosophy. they vary chronologically from the fifth century BC to the sixth century advert, and in them the proof is absolutely provided and mentioned. they're involved usually with the Presocratics, Plato, Aristotle, the Early Academy, the Platonic and Aristotelian traditions, in particular as represented through Neoplatonism. additionally, there are a couple of extra common articles. the 1st bargains with the announcing "Amicus Plato sed magis amica veritas" and experiences the various varieties of this proverb from the time of Plato and Aristotle to Cervantes within the seventeenth century. one other one discusses the quite complicated transmission of Plato's alleged epitaph. a 3rd one offers intimately with an incomplete yet attention-grabbing allegorical interpretation of Heliodorus' "Aethiopica".

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