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Summary This category includes works on the philosophical schools of the Hellenistic period (the Stoics, Skeptics and Epicureans). It also includes the philosophy of late antiquity. While the works of Plato and Aristotle were largely eclipsed in the Hellenistic period, the practice of commenting upon these authors dominates the philosophy of late antiquity (200-600 CE). Neoplatonists wrote commentaries on both, since they regarded Aristotle himself as a somewhat heterodox Platonist. They read Aristotle as an introduction to Plato. Other authors of commentaries, such as Alexander of Aphrodisias, identified as Aristotelians without this admixture of Platonism.
Key works Long & Sedley 1987 provides the most widely used English translation of our evidence on the Hellenistic philosophers. The following collections of articles were seminal in establishing Hellenistic philosophy as an important sub-field in ancient philosophy: Schofield et al 1979,  Barnes 1982Schofield & Striker 1986, and Brunschwig & Nussbaum 1993. The standard reference work is Algra et al 2005. Boys-Stones 2001 provides one (admittedly controversial) account of the transition from the Hellenistic schools to a post-Hellenistic period dominated by Platonism. Sorabji 2004 provides key extracts from voluminous writings of the Aristotelian and Neoplatonist commentators of late antiquity.
Introductions Long 1974 is a classic introduction to Hellenistic philosophy. Brennan 2005 is a lively introduction to Stoic ethics. Dillon 1977 provides a short overview of the Platonists up to Plotinus. O’Meara 1993 is a gentle introduction to Plotinus. For a wider look at the Neoplatonists, Wallis 1972 is the early classic. Tuominen 2012 provides a survey of the commentary tradition, with more emphasis on Aristotelians.
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  1. Biopolitics and Ancient Thought.Jussi Backman & Antonio Cimino (eds.) - forthcoming - Oxford: Oxford University Press.
    The volume studies, from different perspectives, the relationship between ancient thought and biopolitics, that is, theories, discourses, and practices in which the biological life of human populations becomes the focal point of political government. It thus continues and deepens the critical examination, in recent literature, of Michel Foucault's claim concerning the essentially modern character of biopolitics. The nine contributions comprised in the volume explore and utilize the notions of biopolitics and biopower as conceptual tools for articulating the differences and continuities (...)
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  2. Being and Becoming Good. Senecas Two Moral Conceptions of "Ars".Stefan Röttig - 2021 - In Tom Angier & Lisa Raphals (eds.), Skill in Ancient Ethics The Legacy of China, Greece and Rome. London, Vereinigtes Königreich: Bloomsbury Academic. pp. 185–200.
    In this chapter, I explore Seneca’s characterization of becoming and being good, wise, or virtuous, which for a Stoic always amount to the same thing. There is one passage in which Seneca says it is an ars to become good; in another, he says wisdom is an ars, namely an ars vitae. If one bears in mind that wisdom in Stoic philosophy stands for the best possible moral state of character a human being can develop, Seneca’s remarks cannot but attract (...)
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  3. La antropología de Gregorio de Nisa en el Quattrocento: la traducción latina del De oratione dominica por Atanasio Chalkéopoulos y su posible recepción en Giovanni Pico.Francisco Bastitta-Harriet - 2021 - In Matthieu Cassin, Hélène Grelier-Deneux & Françoise Vinel (eds.), Gregory of Nyssa: Homilies on the Our Father. An English Translation with Commentary and Supporting Studies. Leiden, Netherlands: Brill. pp. 723-740.
    In the midst of the renewed interest of philosophers and scholars in Classical Antiquity, the Italian Quattrocento bears testimony to the discovery, study and translation of many works from the Greek Patristic tradition, which nurture the humanists’ desire for a Poetic Theology and a new Anthropology. In that context, some of Gregory of Nyssa’s texts that had remained unknown to the West during the Medieval period receive their first Latin translations, made by prominent representatives of the Italian and Byzantine cultures. (...)
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  4. Redepraxis als Lebenspraxis. Die diskursive Kultur der antiken Ethik.Lars Leeten - 2019 - Freiburg/München: Alber.
    Ancient ethics was an exercise of good life. This study examines how this is reflected in the forms of speech that ancient ethics developed. It is shown that, in antiquity, discursive practices were not considered neutral methods of ethical thinking but rather ways of life to be cultivated as ethical practices in their own right. This book describes central aspects of this ethical culture of speech from the times of the sophists and Socrates up to hellenistic philosophy.
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  5. Да ли је онтологија Кападокијских Отаца релациона? Ипостас као начин постојања (τρὁπος ἠπαρξεως) и однос (σχέσις).Aleksandar Djakovac - 2021 - In Вера и мисао у вртлогу времена: међународни зборник радова у част митрополита Амфилохија (Радовића) и епископа Атанасија (Јевтића). Belgrade, Serbia: pp. 387-407.
    У овом раду ћемо анализирати неке темељне тријадолошке појмове богословља Кападокијских Отаца, и покушати да докажемо да из њиховог учења произилази специфична релациона онтологија. Показаћемо да ипостас не може да буде редукована на партикуларну природу са својствима, пошто су ипостасна својства Свете Тројице сводива једино на стварност односа. Јединствена ипостасна својства, која се означавају као нерођеност, рођеност и исхођење, представљају начин постојања (τρὁπος ἠπαρξεως) конкретних Личности, и јесу називи за однос (σχέσις) који те Личности међусобно имају. У истом кључу треба (...)
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  6. Movement, Perpetual Progress and Straining (ἐπέκτασις) According to St. Gregory of Nyssa.Aleksandar Djakovac - 2021 - Theoria: Beograd 2 (62):5-24.
    U ovom tekstu ćemo istražiti na koji način i na kojoj osnovi je ideja napredovanja doživela svoju transformaciju u neoplatonizmu i hrišćanskoj teologiji. Pokazaćemo da se elementi ove ideje javljaju kod Plotina i pojedinih patrističkih autora, ali da je konačno uobličenje i razradu doživela prvenstveno u delu svetog Grigorija Niskog, koji je priznat kao najzaslužniji za njeno postuliranje.
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  7. Foucault and the Historiography of Early Hellenistic Philosophy.Charles E. Snyder - 2021 - Critical Horizons 22 (3):272-286.
    ABSTRACT In his 1981–82 lectures The Hermeneutics of the Subject, Michel Foucault claims that a significant portion of the modern historiography of ancient philosophy tends to discredit the ethical framework of epimeleia heautou. The thematic analysis of knowledge in the historiography of ancient philosophy overshadows the theme of care of the self. Taking Foucault’s claim as a point of departure, the aim of this paper is twofold. First, the paper provides a genealogy of the early Hellenistic Academy, from Polemo to (...)
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  8. La veglia e il ruminare: nota testuale a Plin. HN praef. 18.Irene Leonardis - 2021 - Philologus: Zeitschrift für Antike Literatur Und Ihre Rezeption 165 (1):169-174.
  9. 'Archytas: Author and Authenticator of Pythagoreanism'.Phillip Sidney Horky - forthcoming - In Constantinos Macris, Luc Brisson & Tiziano Dorandi (eds.), Pythagoras Redivivus: Studies on the Texts Attributed to Pythagoras and the Pythagoreans. 53757 Sankt Augustin, Germany:
    This paper critically examines the use of the name 'Pseudo-Archytas' to refer to two aspects of the reception of Archytas of Tarentum in antiquity: the 'author-inflection' and the 'authority-inflection'. In order to make progress on our understanding of authority and authorship within the Pythagorean tradition, it attempts to reconstruct Porphyry's views on the importance of Archytas as guarantor of Pythagorean authenticity in the former's lost work On the History of the Philosophers by considering a fragment preserved in Arabic by Ibn (...)
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  10. Review of Griffin, Politics and Philosophy at Rome. [REVIEW]Thornton Lockwood - 2020 - Classical Journal 3:02.
    This is a big book. Literally. Each of its almost 800 pages is 6.75” x 9.75” (rather than the somewhat more usual 5.75” x 8.75” sized page of an academic hardcover book), with words in a small font and short margins all-around. It would appear that the publisher used a number of production tricks to squeeze in as many words as possible. Which is understandable because Politics & Philosophy at Rome contains the collected papers (mostly published, but several unpublished) of (...)
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  11. Wisdom, Love and Friendship in Ancient Philosophy.Evan Keeling & Georgia Sermamoglou (eds.) - 2020 - De Gruyter.
    This volume consists of fourteen essays in honor of Daniel Devereux on the themes of love, friendship, and wisdom in Plato, Aristotle, and the Epicureans. Philia (friendship) and eros (love) are topics of major philosophical interest in ancient Greek philosophy. They are also topics of growing interest and importance in contemporary philosophy, much of which is inspired by ancient discussions. Philosophy is itself, of course, a special sort of love, viz. the love of wisdom. Loving in the right way is (...)
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  12. Documenting Hellenistic Philosophy: Cicero as a Source and Philosopher.Thornton Lockwood - 2020 - In Kelly Arenson (ed.), Routledge Handbook of Hellenistic Philosophy. New York, NY, USA: pp. 46-57.
    Many of the philosophical treatises which Cicero wrote in the last years of his life quote, discuss, and debate the various doctrines and philosophical systems of the Hellenistic schools of philosophy. Although Cicero sometimes represents himself as only translating or reproducing Greek ideas for a Latin or Roman audience, his actual philosophical practice is much more subtle and varies from treatise to treatise. In some treatises, such as On the Nature of the Gods or Tusculan Disputations, Cicero incorporates the views (...)
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  13. The Government of the Body: A Reconstruction of the Physiological Chapters in Nemesius of Emesa’s De Natura Hominis.David Lloyd Dusenbury - 2020 - Early Science and Medicine 25 (5):480-506.
    This contribution argues that the physiological and psychological chapters of Nemesius of Emesa’s highly influential conspectus of late-antique anthropology, De natura hominis, are not random memoranda on the human organism or disjecta membra extracted from a range of late-antique sources. On the contrary, it is claimed here that De natura hominis 6-28, in which the medical anthropology of the Platonic–Galenic tradition comes to the fore, mark a decisive phase in the argument of Nemesius’ text. The human is defined by Nemesius (...)
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  14. How Archimedes Proposed to Move the Earth.Sylvia Berryman - 2020 - Isis 111 (3):562-567.
  15. Kathryn Stevens. Between Greece and Babylonia: Hellenistic Intellectual History in Cross-Cultural Perspective. (Cambridge Classical Studies.) Xx + 443 Pp., Bibl., Index. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019. $135 (Cloth). E-Book Available. [REVIEW]John Steele - 2020 - Isis 111 (3):657-658.
  16. Ancient Martyr Narratives - Rebillard Greek and Latin Narratives About the Ancient Martyrs. Pp. VIII + 403. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017. Cased, £120, Us$180. Isbn: 978-0-19-8739579. [REVIEW]Thomas Tsartsidis - 2019 - The Classical Review 69 (1):84-85.
  17. Albert A. Bell Jr, Jr., James B. Allis: Resources in Ancient Philosophy: An Annotated Bibliography of Scholarship in English, 1965–1989. Pp. Xvii + 799. Metuchen, N.J./London: The Scarecrow Press/Shelwing, 1991. £59.65. [REVIEW]Jonathan Barnes - 1993 - The Classical Review 43 (1):189-189.
  18. The Socratics - Paul A. Vander Waerdt : The Socratic Movement. Pp. X+406. Ithaca, NY, London: Cornell University Press, 1994. £37.50. [REVIEW]Robin Waterfield - 1995 - The Classical Review 45 (2):281-282.
  19. J. Allen: Inference From Signs: Ancient Debates About the Nature of Evidence. Pp. Xi + 279. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2001. Cased, £30. ISBN: 0-19-825094-0. [REVIEW]Jonathan Barnes - 2002 - The Classical Review 52 (2):375-376.
  20. A Canadian View of the Second Sophistic? - T. Schmidt, P. Fleury Perceptions of the Second Sophistic and its Times. Pp. XX + 273. Toronto, Buffalo and London: University of Toronto Press, 2011. Cased, C$75. Isbn: 978-1-4426-4216-4. [REVIEW]Lawrence Kim - 2013 - The Classical Review 63 (1):88-90.
  21. The Culture of Late Antiquity - Brakke, Deliyannis, Watts Shifting Cultural Frontiers in Late Antiquity. Pp. XII + 286, Ills, Map. Farnham, Surrey and Burlington, Vt: Ashgate, 2012. Cased, £65. Isbn: 978-1-4094-4149-6. [REVIEW]David Neal Greenwood - 2014 - The Classical Review 64 (1):258-260.
  22. The Wise Should Rule - Desmond Philosopher-Kings of Antiquity. Pp. X + 256. London and New York: Continuum, 2011. Cased, £19.99. Isbn: 978-0-8264-3475-3. [REVIEW]Sean Mcconnell - 2014 - The Classical Review 64 (1):66-68.
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  23. Philosophers and Poetry - Heath Ancient Philosophical Poetics. Pp. VIII + 195. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013. Paper, £18.99, Us$29.99 . Isbn: 978-0-521-16868-7. [REVIEW]Andrea Capra - 2014 - The Classical Review 64 (1):50-52.
  24. Review of Inwood, Ethics After Aristotle. [REVIEW]Thornton C. Lockwood - 2017 - Review of Metaphysics 70 (4):873-74.
    The revised and polished version of Inwood’s 2011 Carl Newell Jackson at Harvard University, Ethics after Aristotle surveys the ethical teachings of the original “neo-Aristotelians,” namely those self-identified (although not always named) members of the Peripatetic school from the time of Theophrastus (fl. 300 BCE) until that of Alexander of Aphrodisias (fl. 200 CE). An initial chapter surveys the sorts of problems in Aristotle’s ethical corpus which would generate subsequent debate amongst members of the Peripatetic school. Chapter Two examines the (...)
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  25. Jean-Marc Narbonne.Benoît Castelnérac - forthcoming - International Journal of the Platonic Tradition.
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  26. Algis Uzdavinys. Philosophy as a Rite of Rebirth: From Ancient Egypt to Neoplatonism , 331 Pp. ISBN: 978 1 898910 35 0. [REVIEW]Leonard George - 2010 - International Journal of the Platonic Tradition 4 (1):92-95.
  27. Pseudo-Plutarch Und Stobaios: Eine Synoptische Untersuchung by Heike Bottler. [REVIEW]Leonid Zhmud - 2017 - Classical World: A Quarterly Journal on Antiquity 110 (3):424-426.
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  28. Gregorius Nazianzenus. Lettres. Tome 2. Ed. And Trans. P. Gallay. Paris: ‘Les Belles Lettres’. 1967. Pp. + 182. Price Not Stated. [REVIEW]Stig Y. Rudberg - 1969 - Journal of Hellenic Studies 89:139-139.
  29. Strabo. Géographie. Tome 2 . Ed. And Trans. F. Lasserre. Paris: ‘Les Belles Lettres’. 1966. Pp. X + 243. 3 Maps. Price Not Stated. [REVIEW]E. H. Warmington - 1968 - Journal of Hellenic Studies 88:179-179.
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  30. Review of Ancient Concepts of Philosophy, by William Jordan. [REVIEW]George Rudebusch - 1993 - Ancient Philosophy 13 (2):467.
  31. "Origen, A Critical Reading", by Antonia Tripolitis. [REVIEW]Karen Jo Torjesen - 1991 - Ancient Philosophy 11 (1):209.
  32. R. W. Sharples, Ed., Perspectives On Greek Philosophy: S. V. Keeling Memorial Lectures In Ancient Philosophy 1992-2002. [REVIEW]James Butler - 2004 - Philosophy in Review 24 (6):442-444.
  33. The Noble Savage. [REVIEW]A. W. Gomme - 1936 - The Classical Review 50 (2):77-78.
  34. Paideia: Die Formung des Griechischen Menschen. Von Werner Jaeger. Erster Band. Zweite Auflage. Berlin and Leipzig: De Gruyter, 1936. Cloth, RM. 8. [REVIEW]E. Harrison - 1936 - The Classical Review 50 (2):87-88.
  35. Translation of Two Unpublished Arabic Documents, Relating to the Doctrines of the Ism''ilis and the Other B'tinian SectsTranslation of Two Unpublished Arabic Documents, Relating to the Doctrines of the Isma'ilis and the Other Batinian Sects.Edaward E. Salisbury - 1851 - Journal of the American Oriental Society 2:257.
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  36. A Greek and Arabic Lexicon : Materials for a Dictionary of the Medieval Translations From Greek Into Arabic, Fascicles 2 and 3.Kees Versteegh, Gerhard Endress & Dimitri Gutas - 1998 - Journal of the American Oriental Society 118 (1):108.
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  37. The Thousand and One Nights (Alf Layla Wa-Layla) From the Earliest Known Sources: Arabic Text Edited with Introduction and Notes, Pt. 3: Introduction and Indexes.András Hámori, Muhsin Mahdi & Andras Hamori - 1997 - Journal of the American Oriental Society 117 (4):748.
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  38. Taḍmīn, "Implication of Meaning," in Medieval ArabicTadmin, "Implication of Meaning," in Medieval Arabic.Adrian Gully - 1997 - Journal of the American Oriental Society 117 (3):466.
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  39. The Wellsprings of Wisdom: A Study of Abū Yaʿqūb Al-Sijistānī's Kitāb Al-Yanābīʿ Including a Complete English Translation with Commentary and Notes on the Arabic TextThe Wellsprings of Wisdom: A Study of Abu Yaqub Al-Sijistani's Kitab Al-Yanabi Including a Complete English Translation with Commentary and Notes on the Arabic Text.Sarah Stroumsa & Paul E. Walker - 1997 - Journal of the American Oriental Society 117 (1):186.
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  40. A Greek and Arabic Lexicon: Materials for a Dictionary of the Mediaeval Translations From Greek Into Arabic, Fascicle 1: Introduction, Sources, ʾ to ʾ-Kh-rA Greek and Arabic Lexicon: Materials for a Dictionary of the Mediaeval Translations From Greek Into Arabic, Fascicle 1: Introduction, Sources, to -Kh-R. [REVIEW]Remke Kruk, Gerhard Endress & Dimitri Gutas - 1994 - Journal of the American Oriental Society 114 (2):285.
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  41. Interpreting Tirukkuṟaḷ: The Role of Commentary in the Creation of a TextInterpreting Tirukkural: The Role of Commentary in the Creation of a Text.Norman Cutler - 1992 - Journal of the American Oriental Society 112 (4):549.
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  42. Arabic Literature. An Introduction.Nicholas Heer & H. A. R. Gibb - 1965 - Journal of the American Oriental Society 85 (4):574.
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  43. Arabic Literature, An Introduction.G. C. M. & H. A. R. Gibb - 1963 - Journal of the American Oriental Society 83 (3):414.
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  44. From Arabic Books and Manuscripts IV: New Fragments of as-SaraḫsîFrom Arabic Books and Manuscripts IV: New Fragments of as-Sarahsi.Franz Rosenthal - 1951 - Journal of the American Oriental Society 71 (2):135.
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  45. The Holy Quran with English Translation and Commentary.Franz Rosenthal & Sadr Anjuman Ahmadiyya - 1950 - Journal of the American Oriental Society 70 (2):119.
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  46. Philo En Paulus.N. J. Hommes - 1937 - Philosophia Reformata 2 (4):193-223.
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  47. Philo En Paulus.N. J. Hommes - 1937 - Philosophia Reformata 2 (3):156-187.
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  48. Doing Philosophy? Faire de la Philo.Alan Montefiore - 2004 - Rue Descartes 45 (3):147.
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  49. Le "Bel Inconnu" de Renaut de Beaujeu: Rite, Mythe Et Roman.Philippe Walter.Lori Walters - 1999 - Speculum 74 (4):1132-1137.
  50. L'istoire de tres vaillans princez monseigneur Jehan d'Avennes: Textes et perspectives.Danielle Quéruel.Michelle Szkilnik - 1999 - Speculum 74 (3):814-815.
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