A Text Worthy of Plotinus

The Lives and Correspondence of P. Henry S.J., H.-R. Schwyzer, A.H. Armstrong, J. Trouillard and J. Igal S.J.

Edited by Suzanne Stern-Gillet, Kevin Corrigan, and José C. Baracat Jr.

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How Plotinus and later Platonism became central to the study of ancient philosophy

A Text Worthy of Plotinus makes available for the first time information on the collaborative work that went into the completion of the first reliable edition of Plotinus’ EnneadsPlotini Operaeditio maior, three volumes (Brussels, Paris, and Leiden, 1951-1973), followed by the editio minor, three volumes (Oxford, 1964-1983). Pride of place is given to the correspondence of the editors, Paul Henry S.J. and Hans-Rudolf Schwyzer, with other prominent scholars of late antiquity, amongst whom are E.R. Dodds, B.S. Page, A.H. Armstrong, and J. Igal S.J. Also included in the volume are related documents consisting in personal memoirs, course handouts and extensive biographical notices of the two editors as well as of those other scholars who contributed to fostering the revival of Plotinus in the latter half of the 20th century. Taken together, letters and documents let the reader into the problems – codicological, exegetical, and philosophical – that are involved in the interpretation of medieval manuscripts and their transcription for modern readers. Additional insights are provided into the nature of collaborative work involving scholars from different countries and traditions.

A Text Worthy of Plotinus will prove a crucial archive for generations of scholars. Those interested in the philosophy of Plotinus will find it a fount of information on his style, manner of exposition, and handling of sources. The volume will also appeal to readers interested in broader trends in 20th century scholarship in the fields of Classics, History of Ideas, Theology, and Religion.

Contributors: Christopher Armstrong (Ilkley, Yorkshire), Luc Brisson (CNRS), Leo Catana (University of Copenhagen), Richard Dufour (Université Laval), Garry Gurtler (Boston College), Georges Leroux (Université de Montréal), Gerard O’Daly (University College London Emeritus), Martin Schwyzer (Zürich), Gregory Shaw (Stonehill College)

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Format: Edited volume - ebook

428 pages

ISBN: 9789461663672

Publication: February 08, 2021

Series: Ancient and Medieval Philosophy - Series 1 59

Languages: English

José C. Baracat Jr. is Professor of Ancient Greek Language and Literature at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil).
Kevin Corrigan is Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Interdisciplinary Humanities in the Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.
Suzanne Stern-Gillet is Professor of Ancient Philosophy at the University of Bolton and Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Manchester. She an editor of 'The International Journal of the Platonic Tradition'.