On Beauty and Reality. A Reader for Enneads I.6 and V.1. Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers, Inc.: Mundelein, 2017. Pp. lii + 312. $29.00. ISBN: 978-0-86516-842-8.Sarah Klitenic Wear is well known to the scholars of the Platonic tradition for her numerous and important publications. Since its publication (Brill, 2011), her book The Teachings of Syrianus on Plato’s “Timaeus” and “Parmenides” (Brill, 2011) remains a landmark in the relatively scarce studies of Proclus’ teacher. Originality is a distinctive mark of her works, and it is not absent from this new book of hers, which, to my knowledge, is the first of its kind.Motivated by the growing interest of undergraduate students in Plotinus and, at the same time, by the desire to attract their attention to the advanced Greek program of her University, Wear conceived this reader both as a tool for the study of Ancient Greek and as an introduction to Plotinus’ philosophy. It is a clever strategy and a praiseworthy initiative. The chosen treatises, I.6 and V.1, are perfect for the purpose.The book can be divided into three parts. The first is a general introduction to Plotinus—his life and works, philosophical influences, and main topics of his metaphysics—plus a select bibliography. The
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