Plutarch's Science of Natural Problems
A Study with Commentary on Quaestiones Naturales
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Format: Monograph - hardback
Size: 240 × 160 mm
Publication: February 10, 2017
Series: Plutarchea Hypomnemata
Stock item number: 114262
Pierre PELLEGRIN, Revue philosophique de la France et de l'étranger, 2019/4 Tome 144, https://www.cairn.info/revue-philosophique-2019-4-page-511.htm
The dissertation is an exceptional one and brings together virtually all of the important scholarship to date on Plutarch’s collection of forty-one (surviving) Αἰτίαι Φυσικαί. This literature is reviewed less in the 127 pages of the “commentary” proper than in the 350 pages of the prologue and the introduction that precede it, where Meeusen explores an ambitious range of subjects, from the precedents (principally the Aristotelian Problems), the position of the Plutarchan collection in the problem literature and in Plutarch’s own corpus, and the relationship of the collection to “zetetic παιδεία” and to “Plutarch’s Platonic World View” (the title of the longest and concluding section of the introduction).
Robert Lamberton, Isis, Volume 109, Number 2, June 2018
Michiel Meeusen's book represents an important contribution to our understanding of both the ancient genre of natural aetiology and of the Corpus Plutarcheum. Its main purpose is to assess Plutarch's contribution to natural philosophy by means of a thorough exploration and contextualization of his Natural Problems (Quaestiones naturales), constituting by far the most detailed and complete study of this (at least until recently) neglected work.
Cristian Tolsa, Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2018.01.42