Olympiodorus, On Plato First Alcibiades 10-28. London: Bloomsbury, 2016. Pp. 231. isbn 978-1-4725-9399-4. $122.00.With this second volume, Michael Griffin [‘G.’ hereafter]’s translation of Olympiodorus’ Commentary on the Alcibiades in the Ancient Commentators on Aristotle series reaches its completion. G. has taken on the thankless task of the translator with commendable enthusiasm, thoroughness and accuracy; the resulting volume is, like its predecessor, a labor of love that began under the tutelage of Robert Todd at the University of British Columbia, in G.’s undergraduate days (see ‘Preface’). As is common for the series, an arsenal of scholarly tools supplements the translation itself: (1) an introduction; (2) a list of textual emendations; (3) explanatory notes (at an impressive number of 509, taking up 33 pages); (4) a bibliography; (5) a Greek-English Glossary; (6) an English-Greek index; and three indices, of (7) passages cited, (8) names, and (9) subjects.Running to 31 pages, the introduction aims to complement the more wide-ranging one in the first volume, but also offers a self-standing preliminary account of Olympiodorus as a philosopher and his main concerns in the second half of the Alcibiades commentary. It lays out the importance of the Alcibiades in the Neoplatonic curriculum and sketches
International Journal of the Platonic Tradition – Brill
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