Ancient Commentries on Aristotle Priscian: Answers to King Khosroes of Persia (trans. Pamela Huby, Sten Ebbesen, David Langslow, Donald Russell, Carlos Steel, Malcolm Wilson) London—n.y. (Bloomsbury Academic) 2014. Pp. 162. 2016. $122 isbn: hb 978-1-47258-413-7; ePub 978-1-47258-413-4; erPDF 978-1-47258-415-1.Agathias’ touching account of the end of the Neoplatonic school of Athens and the secession of its philosophers to the Sassanid court of Persia would be imagined the stuff of legend were it not for the survival of Solutionum ad Chosroem Liber (ed. Bywater, cab Supp. i.ii 1886). This work is the record of the Neoplatonist commentator, Priscian of Lydia, who accompanied Damascius, Simplicius and other members of the school to the multilingual and cosmopolitan court of the Sassanid monarch, Chosroes i (531-533 ce). The response of the philosophers to the questions purportedly set by the king encompassed a wide range of metaphysical and physical problems ranging from the essence of the soul, to questions of astronomical, medical, meteorological and cosmological interest. Priscian himself cites an impressive list of philosophical, scientific and medical sources that his colleagues consulted in order to formulate their responses (pp. 13-14).Unfortunately, the original text does not survive in Greek, but is preserved in a mangled Latin
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