Timon of Phlius: Pyrrhonism into Poetry

Timon of Phlius: Pyrrhonism into Poetry © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2011 DOI 10.1163/221057011X567427 International Journal for the Study of Skepticism 1 (2011) 151–157 brill.nl/skep Book Reviews Timon of Phlius: Pyrrhonism into Poetry . By Dee L. Clayman. Untersuchungen zur antiken Literatur und Geschichte (Berlin and New York: Walter de Gruyter, 2009). Th e book under review is of interest to students of ancient philosophy not least for treat- ing Timon of Phlius, the most important source for the philosophy of the obscure Pyrrho of Elis, primarily as part of the history of ancient poetry. For historians of philosophy Timon’s primary importance lies in his exposition of Pyrrho’s views, to which he may indeed have added his own thoughts. Th ese views became the background to Aenesidemus’s introduction of Pyrrhonism as radical skepticism in the fi rst century B.C. Clayman argues that Timon is important in another way, namely as establishing a skeptical aesthetics that, along with Pyrrho’s skepticism, profoundly and directly infl uenced “… some of the great Hellenistic poets like Callimachus, Th eocritus and Apollonius of Rhodes who integrated elements of Timon’s poetry into their own as well as his skeptical world view” (2). Indeed, the author views Apollonius’s Argonautica as a http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal for the Study of Skepticism Brill

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© 2011 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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2210-5697
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2210-5700
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10.1163/221057011X567427
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© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2011 DOI 10.1163/221057011X567427 International Journal for the Study of Skepticism 1 (2011) 151–157 brill.nl/skep Book Reviews Timon of Phlius: Pyrrhonism into Poetry . By Dee L. Clayman. Untersuchungen zur antiken Literatur und Geschichte (Berlin and New York: Walter de Gruyter, 2009). Th e book under review is of interest to students of ancient philosophy not least for treat- ing Timon of Phlius, the most important source for the philosophy of the obscure Pyrrho of Elis, primarily as part of the history of ancient poetry. For historians of philosophy Timon’s primary importance lies in his exposition of Pyrrho’s views, to which he may indeed have added his own thoughts. Th ese views became the background to Aenesidemus’s introduction of Pyrrhonism as radical skepticism in the fi rst century B.C. Clayman argues that Timon is important in another way, namely as establishing a skeptical aesthetics that, along with Pyrrho’s skepticism, profoundly and directly infl uenced “… some of the great Hellenistic poets like Callimachus, Th eocritus and Apollonius of Rhodes who integrated elements of Timon’s poetry into their own as well as his skeptical world view” (2). Indeed, the author views Apollonius’s Argonautica as a

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Published: Jan 1, 2011

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