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Proclus: Commentary on Plato's Timaeus

Volume 2. Book 2: Proclus on the Causes of the Cosmos and its Creation

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  • Date Published: December 2008
  • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from October 2017
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521848718

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  • This volume of Proclus' commentary on Plato's Timaeus records Proclus' exegesis of Timaeus 27a–31b, in which Plato first discusses preliminary matters that precede his account of the creation of the universe, and then moves to the account of the creation of the universe as a totality. For Proclus this text is a grand opportunity to reflect on the nature of causation as it relates to the physical reality of our cosmos. The commentary deals with many subjects that have been of central interest to philosophers from Plato's time onwards, such as the question whether the cosmos was created in time, and the nature of evil as it relates to physical reality and its ontological imperfection.

    • Arguably the most important ancient commentary on a text of Plato
    • Provides an introduction to and notes on the translation
    • Includes an English-Greek glossary and a Greek word index
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    • Date Published: December 2008
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521848718
    • length: 424 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 161 x 32 mm
    • weight: 0.8kg
    • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from October 2017
  • Table of Contents

    Notes on the translation
    Introduction to Book II
    Structure of the commentary
    Method of the commentary
    The sources for Proclus' commentary
    Main themes of the commentary
    On the Timaeus of Plato: Book II
    Analytical table of contents
    On the proemium (27c-29d), translated by David T. Runia
    On the creation of the cosmos (29e-31b) by Michael Share
    References
    English-Greek glossary
    Greek word index
    General index.

  • Author

    Proclus

    Editors and translators

    David T. Runia, University of Melbourne
    David T. Runia is Master of Queen's College and Professorial Fellow, School of History, Faculty of Arts at the University of Melbourne. He has written numerous books and articles on ancient philosophy, specialising in the thought of Philo of Alexandria and the subject of ancient doxography.

    Michael Share, University of Tasmania
    Michael Share is an Honorary Associate in the School of History and Classics, University of Tasmania.

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