The Protrepticus was an early work of Aristotle, written while he was still a member of Plato's Academy, but it soon became one of the most famous works in the whole history of philosophy. Unfortunately it was not directly copied in the middle ages and so did not survive in its own manuscript tradition. But substantial fragments of it have been preserved in several works by Iamblichus of Chalcis, a third century A. On the basis of a close study of Iamblichus' extensive use and excerption of Aristotle's Protrepticus , it is possible to reconstruct the backbone of the lost work, and then to flesh it out with the other surviving reports about the work from antiquity for example in Alexander of Aphrodisias and other ancient commentators on Aristotle. It is also possible to identify several papyrus fragments of the work, and many references and literary allusions in later authors, especially Cicero, whose own lost dialogue Hortensius was a defense of philosophy modeleld on Aristotle's.

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Why do some people resist while others collaborate? The main focus is on the expansion of the Assyrian and Persian Empires between and BC and the consequences for the ancient Jews, Egyptians, and Greeks. The main readings come from the Bible, Herodotus, and Assyrian and Persian royal inscriptions, and the course combines historical and archaeological data with social scientific approaches.

Weekly participation in a discussion section is required. In this seminar, we shall read Aristotle's Protrepticus. This is an early work of Aristotle that attempts to turn the reader to a philosophic life and it is by far the least read of his works on ethics. It was only recovered in the 19th century and only in the past 15 years or so do we have a reliable text.

Thus studies of it are very much underdeveloped. We shall also read as background some other protreptic works by Plato and the rhetorician Isocrates. Skip to content Skip to navigation. Department of Classics.

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Aristotle's Protrepticus an Attempt at Reconstruction

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Aristotle's Protrepticus and its Background (PHIL 315)

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Since the 19th century, when inquiry was initiated by Jakob Bernays , several scholars have attempted to reconstruct the work. The book The works of Aristotle , p. A book review of Exhortations to Philosophy , mentioned [7]. Clark , mentioned [8]. Elias in Porph. We may also reason as Aristotle does in his Protrepticus , in which he encourages young men to philosophize.


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