Thrasyllan Platonism

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Thrasyllus, best known as the Roman emperor Tiberius' astrologist, figured prominently in the development of ancient Platonism. How prominently and to what effect are questions that have puzzled philosophers down to our day; Harold Tarrant's important new book attempts to answer them.
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Thrasyllus, best known as the Roman emperor Tiberius' astrologist, figured prominently in the development of ancient Platonism. How prominently and to what effect are questions that have puzzled philosophers down to our day; Harold Tarrant's important new book attempts to answer them.
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Thrasyllus is best known as the head astrologer to the emperor Tiberius, but Tarrant (classics, U. of Newcastle, Australia) says he was also the most important interpreter and editor of Plato's works in first century, being the one to divide Plato's corpus into tetralogies, which served an interpretive function. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780801427190
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/1993
  • Pages: 260

Table of Contents

Preface
1 My Prolegomena and Thrasyllus' Prolegomena 1
i A Book on Thrasyllus? 4
ii The Royal Platonist-Astrologer 7
iii Thrasyllus and the Scholars 11
iv Diogenes and Thrasyllus 17
2 Some Nontetralogical Orders 31
i al-Farabi 32
ii Albinus 38
iii The Character Classification 46
3 Another Tetralogist 58
i Arrangement and Interpretation in Theon 58
ii The Origin of Theon's Scheme 68
iii The Problem of Dercyllides' Date 72
iv Andronicus and the Date of the Platonic Tetralogies 76
v Dercyllides 78
vi Theon, Dercyllides, and the Breadth of the Whorls 82
4 Thrasyllan Tetralogies 85
i Democritean Tetralogies 85
ii The Platonic Tetralogies 89
iii Philosophy as a Sacred Rite 98
iv Thrasyllus' Response to Aristophanes 103
5 Thrasyllan Philosophy in Porphyry 108
i Thrasyllus in Porphyry 108
ii Logos Theory, Theology, and Epistle 6 110
iii The Logic 117
iv A Link Passage 119
v The Epistemology 120
vi Epistemology and Epistle 7 124
vii The Epistemology: Second Account 127
viii The Philosophy of the 'Five' in the Digression 131
ix The Two-Way Passage of Form 134
x Logos and Sensation 136
xi Likeness and Assimilation 143
6 The Neopythagorean Parmenides 148
i Doxography in the In Parmenidem 148
ii Moderatus and the Amelian Interpretation 150
iii Before Moderatus 161
iv Pre-Moderatan Theory and Epistle 2 170
v Moderatus to Plotinus 173
7 The Dialogues 178
i Thrasyllus as Editor 178
ii The Meno 185
iii The Timaeus 193
iv When Should We Question Our Texts? 199
v The Rise of the Thrasyllan Text 201
Conclusion 207
Appendix: The Testimonia of Thrasyllus 215
Bibliography 250
Index Locorum 255
Index of Names 259
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