Greek Tragedy and Political Philosophy: Rationalism and Religion in Sophocles' Theban Plays

By Peter J. Ahrensdorf

During this ebook, Peter Ahrensdorf examines Sophocles' robust research of a imperative query of political philosophy and a perennial query of political lifestyles: may still electorate and leaders govern political society through the sunshine of unaided human cause or spiritual religion? via a clean exam of Sophocles' undying masterpieces - Oedipus the Tyrant, Oedipus at Colonus, and Antigone - Ahrensdorf deals a sustained problem to the existing view, championed by means of Nietzsche in his assault on Socratic rationalism, that Sophocles is an opponent of rationalism. Ahrensdorf argues that Sophocles is a certainly philosophical philosopher and a rationalist, albeit one that advocates a wary political rationalism. Such rationalism constitutes a center means among an excessive political rationalism that dismisses faith - exemplified in Oedipus the Tyrant - and a piety that rejects cause - exemplified via Oedipus at Colonus. Ahrensdorf concludes with an incisive research of Nietzsche, Socrates, and Aristotle on tragedy and philosophy. He argues, opposed to Nietzsche, that the rationalism of Socrates and Aristotle encompasses a profound understanding of the tragic measurement of human life and as a result resembles in primary methods the somber and humane rationalism of Sophocles.

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Homer's The Iliad and The Odyssey: A Biography (Books That Changed the World)

By Alberto Manguel

While it truly is unknown if there ever used to be a guy named Homer, there is not any doubt that the epic poems assembled below his identify shape the cornerstone of Western literature, feeding our mind's eye for over and a part millennia. The Iliad and The Odyssey, with their stories of the Trojan battle, Achilles, Ulysses and Penelope, the Sirens, the Cyclops, Helen of Troy, and the petulant gods, are known to so much readers simply because they're so pervasive. From Plato to Virgil, Pope to Joyce, the poems were informed and retold, interpreted and adorned. during this sleek and sweeping booklet, Alberto Manguel lines the lineage of the poems from their inception and primary recording. He considers the unique function of the poems—either as allegory of philosophical fact or as a list of ancient truth—surveys the demanding situations the pagan Homer awarded to the early Christian international, and maps the unfold of the works world wide and during the centuries. Manguel follows Homer throughout the maximum literature ever created and, certainly, delights within the poems themselves.

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Death by Philosophy: The Biographical Tradition in the Life and Death of the Archaic Philosophers Empedocles, Heraclitus, and Democritus

By Ava Chitwood

How does one die via philosophy? In Diogenes Laertius, philosophers bounce into volcanoes, bury themselves in dung, get eaten by way of canine, hold themselves, drown, and vanish into skinny air -- occasionally all in one lifetime. yet what occurs after we glance past the glorious and absurd to check the actual ways in which the philosophers' lives and deaths are recounted?

Ava Chitwood's reexamination of Diogenes Laertius's philosophical biographies opens a brand new window at the highbrow tradition and context during which the paintings of philosophers like Empedocles, Heraclitus, and Democritus used to be learn, obtained, and transmitted. Chitwood's research additionally indicates a strategy for figuring out the interaction among biography and philosophy and for comparing biographical sources.

While Chitwood's procedure combines the disciplines of classical philology and philosophy, demise via Philosophy isn't really meant exclusively for the expert. This research deals the fashionable reader a desirable, clean, and interesting view of the traditional literary and philosophical world.

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Julien dit l'Apostat : Histoire naturelle d'une famille sous le Bas-Empire

By Lucien Jerphagnon

On avait exterminé sa famille entière, puis il avait été relégué dans un lointain palais. Bref, le très chrétien Constance n'avait rien négligé pour évincer Julien de l. a. pourpre de ses ancêtres. Le voilà pourtant empereur de Rome et converti en mystery aux dieux païens. los angeles saga noire d'une dynastie, hantée de monstres froids, de prélats doubles, de barbouzes et de philosophes arrivistes est racontée ici au jour le jour. Lucien Jerphagnon joint à l'érudition un infrequent expertise d'évocation. En entreprenant cette réhabilitation de l'empereur Julien, il réussit un modèle de biographie.

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Hesperos: Studies in Ancient Greek Poetry Presented to M. L. West on his Seventieth Birthday

Martin West is well known as probably the most major classicists of all time. Over approximately part a century his guides have remodeled our realizing of Greek poetry. This quantity celebrates his success with twenty-five papers on diversified parts of the topic which he has illuminated, written by means of wonderful students from 4 continents. it is usually West's Balzan Prize recognition speech, 'Forward into the Past', during which he explains his method of literary scholarship, and a whole bibliography of his educational publications.

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The Stoic Sage: The Early Stoics on Wisdom, Sagehood and Socrates (Cambridge Classical Studies)

After Plato and Aristotle, the Stoics, from the third century BCE onwards, constructed the 3rd nice classical notion of knowledge. This booklet bargains a reconstruction of this pivotal suggestion in Stoicism, beginning out from the 2 extant Stoic definitions, 'knowledge of human and divine concerns' and 'fitting expertise'. It focuses not just at the query of what they understood through knowledge, but in addition on how knowledge could be accomplished, how tough it truly is to turn into a sage, and the way this trouble may be defined. The solutions to those questions are in response to a clean research of the proof, with all principal texts provided within the unique Greek or Latin, in addition to in translation. The Stoic Sage can therefore additionally function a resource booklet on Stoic knowledge, which will be precious to experts and to a person attracted to one of many cornerstones of the Graeco-Roman classical culture.

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Histoire de l'éducation dans l'Antiquité, tome 1

By Henri-Irénée Marrou

Histoire de l'éducation dans l'Antiquité1. Le monde grec« L'éducation homérique, l'éducation spartiate, los angeles pédérastie en tant qu'éducation, l'ancienne éducation athénienne, and so on. Autant d'ensembles bien centrés sur un problème vivant. Rien de stéréotypé. Beaucoup de grosses questions abordées et, sinon résolues, du moins discutées avec pénétration. Pas de pédantisme. Un réel et solide savoir. Le consistent souci de fournir au lecteur le moyen d'en vérifier les resources. D'un mot, un livre éclairant. Capital pour qui veut comprendre, en profondeur, les sociétés de l'Antiquité classique. »Lucien FebvreHenri-Irénée Marrou (1904-1977)Un des grands historiens de l'Antiquité tardive, spécialiste d'Augustin et de l'augustinisme, qui fut aussi critique musical sous le nom d'Henri Davenson. Il a notamment publié, au Seuil, L'Eglise de l'Antiquité tardive (1985) et Saint Augustin et l'augustinisme (2003).

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Eros Unveiled: Plato and the God of Love (Clarendon Paperbacks)

By Catherine Osborne

This specific publication demanding situations the normal contrast among eros, the affection present in Greek inspiration, and agape, the affection attribute of Christianity. targeting a few vintage texts, together with Plato's Symposium and Lysis, Aristotle's Ethics and Metaphysics,, and recognized passages in Gregory of Nyssa, Origen, Dionysius the Areopagite, Plotinus, Augustine, and Thomas Aquinas, the writer exhibits that Plato's account of eros isn't really based on self-interest. during this method, she restores where of erotic love as a Christian motif, and unravels a few longstanding confusions in philosophical discussions of love.

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Histoire de l'éducation dans l'Antiquité, tome 2

By Henri-Irénée Marrou

Histoire de l'éducation dans l'Antiquité2. Le monde romain« L'éducation homérique, l'éducation spartiate, los angeles pédérastie en tant qu'éducation, l'ancienne éducation athénienne, and so forth. Autant d'ensembles bien centrés sur un problème vivant. Rien de stéréotypé. Beaucoup de grosses questions abordées et, sinon résolues, du moins discutées avec pénétration. Pas de pédantisme. Un réel et solide savoir. Le consistent souci de fournir au lecteur le moyen d'en vérifier les assets. D'un mot, un livre éclairant. Capital pour qui veut comprendre, en profondeur, les sociétés de l'Antiquité classique. »Lucien FebvreHenri-Irénée Marrou (1904-1977)Un des grands historiens de l'Antiquité tardive, spécialiste d'Augustin et de l'augustinisme, qui fut aussi critique musical sous le nom d'Henri Davenson. Il a notamment publié, au Seuil, L'Eglise de l'Antiquité tardive (1985) et Saint Augustin et l'augustinisme (2003).

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Thales von Milet in der frühen christlichen Literatur (Studia Praesocratica, Band 3)

By Andreas Schwab

Thales von Milet (7.-6. Jh. v. Chr.) gilt als eine der bedeutendsten Figuren der griechischen Philosophie und Wissenschaft. Dennoch sind von seinem Lebennur wenigeAnekdoten bekannt und von seinem Werk ist nichts direkt überliefert. Durch seine Untersuchung erschließt Andreas Schwab erstmals eine große Zahl von Textzeugnissen frühchristlicher Autoren, sowohl westlicher wie östlicher Theologen, die sich über Thales äußern. Dieses spannungsreiche Nachleben des Thales und seiner Ideen wird eingehend untersucht und kommentiert.

Thales of Miletus (7th-6th centuries BC) is considered the most vital figures in Greek philosophy and technological know-how. having said that we all know few anecdotes approximately his existence, and none of his paintings has survived without delay. This used to be one of many major purposes in the back of Andreas Schwab’s paintings, who for the 1st time commented on multiple hundred passages in early Christian authors on Thales’ lifestyles and works. those are documented in a brand new choice of stories on Thales (Traditio Presocratica vol 1, 2009). specific consciousness is paid to the subjects of literary discourse and the argumentative contexts in which reference is made to Thales. The observation isn't really meant as a reconstruction of Thales’ existence and educating, fairly the portrayals of his determine and concepts, in addition to their functionality in later classes are analyzed and commented on on the subject of the Christian texts. The Latin texts variety from Tertullian to Augustine and Isidore of Seville, the Greek texts from the 1st apologists to Eusebius of Caesarea and the Chronicle of John Malalas. The interdisciplinary nature of this cutting edge, diachronous background of Thales’ “image” furthers either learn into early Greek philosophy, in addition to a deeper knowing of early Christian philosophy and theology.

Series Overview:

Vol. 1: Gemelli, Laura: Democrito e l'Accademia (2007)
Vol. 2: Marcinkowska-Rosól, Maria: Die Konzeption des "noein" bei Parmenides von Elea (2010)
Vol. three: Schwab, Andreas: Thales von Milet in der frühen christlichen Literatur (2011)
Vol. four: Cornelli, Gabriele: looking for Pythagoreanism (2013)
Vol. five: On Pythagoreanism (2013) Ed. via Cornelli, Gabriele / McKirahan, Richard / Macris, Constantinos
Vol. 6: Marcinkowska-Rosol, Maria: Die Prinzipienlehre der Milesier (2014)
Diels, Hermann: Prolegomena to the "Doxographi Graeci" (2016) Ed. through Primavesi, Oliver

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