Imperial Plato. Albinus, Maximus, Apuleius. Text and Translation, with an Introduction and Commentary. Las Vegas; Zurich; Athens: Parmenides Publishing, 2016, 362pp. ISBN 9781930972872. $78.00.The present book collects three Middle-Platonic texts, with a translation and commentary by Ryan Fowler. The works, all dating back to the second century AD, are: Albinus of Smyrna, Introduction to the Book of Plato—probably a section of a technical treatise in Greek, which suggests an ideal reading order for Plato’s dialogues; Maximus of Tyre, Dissertation 11—a captivating philosophical oration in Greek, addressing Plato’s ideas about god; Apuleius of Madauros, On Plato and His Doctrine—an intricate exposition of Plato’s teachings, written in Latin.The volume opens with a general Introduction (pp. 1-31), where Fowler explains the reasons behind his choice of these three heterogeneous writings. According to him, these texts exemplify very well the way in which philosophy was intended and practised during the first imperial age. They also have the merit of displaying three different visions and argumentative strategies employed to read, explain and discuss the works of Plato, thus offering a manifold perspective on the figure, philosophical reflection, and heritage of the founder of the Platonic tradition. Fowler strengthens this aspect by emphasising the different
International Journal of the Platonic Tradition – Brill
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