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Carlos Steel

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June 15 2008 0199291713 978-0199291717
The Commentary on Plato's Parmenides by Proclus (AD 412-85) is the most important extant document on the interpretation of this enigmatic dialogue, and has had a crucial influence on all subsequent readings. In Proclus' Commentary, the Parmenides provides the argumentative and conceptual framework for a scientific theology wherein all mythological discourse about the gods can be integrated. Its exposition was therefore the culmination of the curriculum of the Platonic school. This theological reading of the Parmenides persisted, through the medium of Ficino, until the nineteenth century. Previously this important text was only accessible in the edition of V. Cousin (Paris, 1864). This new critical edition is based on an exhaustive study of both the Greek tradition and the medieval Latin translation. This volume contains Books IV and V.

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"[T]his volume does the scholarly world great service, that it deserves a phase in any serious collection on late antique philosophy, and that one must look forward greatly to the completion of this OCT project."--Harold Tarrant, The Classical Review

--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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Carlos Steel is Professor of Ancient Philosophy at the University of Leuven.

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5.0 out of 5 stars We Scholars Waited 143 Years for this Learned Academic Treatise from the Late Ancient World! Aug. 12 2008
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What a pleasure to be the first reviewer of this learned scholarly academic treatise by Dr. Carlos Steel!

It is not realized by the vulgar minds in the 21st Century [We no longer teach our young ancient Classical Greek and Classical Latin in U.S.] that Proclus was the pre-eminent scholar of the Platonic corpus in the Late Ancient and Medieval Period. Furthermore, it was this treatie that stamped one as a competent Platonist, since it was the final treatise to be mastered by the student.

Many theologians shamelessly and slavishly stole from this treatise without giving proper ethical citations. It is 'scientific theology.'

We scholars have been waiting 143 years for a competent edition of this classical text. The Paris 1864 edition of Victor Cousin (which I have had in my personal classical library for 40 years) of this treatise was ugly to the eye to read and full of annoying misprints, blunders and incompetent manuscript readings.

To the young Classical scholar [student or teacher] you must admit this treatise in your personal library. There is much income to be afforded by dealing with Proclus' learned insights for the post-modern religious reading audiences hungering for the 'pretense' of learning. Merely think of the money Thomas Taylor made in 1825 when he published his book, "The Fragments that remain of the Lost Writings of Proclus" (1825, Black, Young, and Young publishers).

As an old scholar (I am 61 years of age [See Cicero's treatise 'Cato Major de Senectute' for the technical definition "When one turns 60 years of age (s)he is old"] this July, 2008), I am pleasantly jealous and envious that my young scholars have the rich opportunity to purchase this magnum opus.

I hope Dr. Steel will do a translation of this treatise, since he alone understands the subtlty and nuance of semantic drift of many technical philosophical terminologies used by the professional philosophers of the Late ancient world. is doing a grave service to make this book even more affordable by its discount price. I had to pay several hundred dollars for my reprint of the Victor Cousin Paris edition.

Read and enjoy this great work!


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