Protagoras of Abdera: The Man, His Measure (Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2013), xi + 332 pp. $162. isbn 9789004251205. Neither of the two recent collections on Greek political theory reconstruct Protagoras’ political theory. 1 Nor have any of the last quarter-century’s dissertations on Protagoras systematized his political outlook. 2 All the same, research on Protagoras and the Platonic dialogues animating Protagoras has remained robust. 3 In the present volume’s smart, comprehensive, and original uptake of that scholarship – and of practically all the ancient testimonia of Protagoras – we now have an excellent starting point for any future study of Protagoras’ political ideas and relevance. 4 Indeed, the editors dedicate it to C.M.J. Sicking, who went so far as to think, as Ineke Sluiter writes, ‘that Protagoras’ ideas about what constitutes a good society was a viable and competitive alternative to Plato’s’. The volume is not about Protagoras’ positions on civic life per se . The author of the Introduction (Johannes van Ophuijsen, ‘Protagoras of Abdera: Amicus homo magis amica veritas ’, pp. 1-9) claims that the collection focuses on the twin themes of relativism and naturalism (the latter in contrast to transcendentalism and conventionalism). He would have
Polis: The Journal for Ancient Greek Political Thought – Brill
Published: Aug 15, 2014
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