Delcomminette, Sylvain, d’Hoine, Pieter and Gavray, Marc-Antoine (eds.)Ancient readings of Plato’s Phaedo. Philosophia antiqua, 140. Leiden; Boston: Brill, 2015. pp. 363. isbn 9789004282179.The papers in this collection on Phaedo’s reception in antiquity were given at a conference held at the Royal Academy in Brussels in 2012. The volume becomes the fifth focused study on the reception of various Platonic dialogues, preceded by a study on the Timaeus (1999 and 2003, Reydams-Schils, ed.), the Symposium (2006, Lesher—Nails—Sheffield, eds.) the Parmenides (2010, Turner—Corrigan, eds.) and the First Alcibiades (2015, Renaud—Tarrant). The thirteen papers span chronologically from Aristotle to Simplicius, giving us a glimpse into the long, but for the most part, now lost exegetical tradition on this dialogue. Since the only extant commentaries are by Damascius (preserved as lecture notes in two versions) and Olympiodorus (see text in Westerink, 1976-77), four of the 13 papers (by Lernould, Gertz, Trabattoni and Demulder—Van Riel) discuss Damascius and two include Olympiodorus (by Lernould and Demulder—Van Riel). Thus, with Gerz’s earlier monograph (2011) focused mostly on the Phaedo commentaries of Damascius and Olympiodorus, those interested in the afterlife of this dialogue in Late Antiquity have access to a wealth of scholarly expertise. It is remarkable
International Journal of the Platonic Tradition – Brill
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