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By Malcolm Schofield

This booklet provides an up to date evaluate of the most new instructions taken by way of historic philosophy within the first century BC, a interval during which the dominance exercised within the Hellenistic age by way of Stoicism, Epicureanism and educational Scepticism gave strategy to a extra assorted and experimental philosophical scene. Its improvement has been less good understood, yet the following a powerful overseas staff of best students of the topic reconstruct key gains of the replaced surroundings. They learn afresh the proof for a number of the primary Greek thinkers of the interval, in addition to illuminating Cicero's engagement with Plato either as translator and in his personal philosophising. The depth of renewed research of Aristotle's different types and Plato's Timaeus is an extremely notable end result in their discussions. the quantity should be critical for students and scholars drawn to the heritage of Platonism and Aristotelianism.

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214d–e = Posidon. Fr. 253 E–K) 11 12 See Sedley 2003a: 35. ‘He was more keen on the use than the acquisition [of books]; his library was open to everyone, and the promenades and study-rooms surrounding it were without restriction receiving the Greeks, who gathered there as to a nest of the Muses and spent their days in each other’s company’ (Plut. Luc. 1–2). The texts of Plato and Aristotle in the first century bc 5 From this brief survey it emerges that two widespread ways of gaining possession of philosophical books in the first century bc were war plunder and bloc purchases, the fruits of which could be shared among groups of peers.

16–21. The texts of Plato and Aristotle in the first century bc 23 philosopher’s works. Therein he divided and ordered the books according to genre, providing a systematic arrangement by subject matter for the esoteric or ‘acroamatic’ works that have come down to us, leaving the rest in alphabetical order (at least as far as we can judge from Ptolemy’s catalogue). the impact of andronicus’ canon In order to come to an assessment of Andronicus’ impact, we need to combine the evidence discussed above with any available information on the state of the Aristotelian corpus before and after his time, to see if he made any difference.

Here we pick up the story in the early first century bc, when the books of Aristotle and Theophrastus are purchased by Apellicon of Teos, having been hidden at Scepsis for two centuries by the descendants of Neleus, who inherited them from Theophrastus: §n d• ¾ %pellikän fil»biblov m llon £ fil»sofov di¼ kaª zhtän –pan»rqwsin tän diabrwm†twn e«v ˆnt©grafa kain‡ metžnegke tŸn grafŸn ˆnaplhrän oÉk eÔ, kaª –x”dwken ‰mart†dwn plžrh t‡ bibl©a. sun”bh d• to±v –k tän Perip†twn to±v m•n p†lai to±v met‡ Qe»fraston oÉk ›cousin Âlwv t‡ bibl©a plŸn ½l©gwn, kaª m†lista tän –xwterikän, mhd•n ›cein filosofe±n pragmatikäv, ˆll‡ q”seiv lhkuq©zeiná to±v d’ Ìsteron, ˆf’ oÕ t‡ bibl©a taÓta pro lqen, Šmeinon m•n –ke©nwn filosofe±n kaª ˆristotel©zein, ˆnagk†zesqai m”ntoi t‡ poll‡ e«k»ta l”gein di‡ t¼ pl qov tän ‰martiän.

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