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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. L’orizzonte ‘sensibile’ del pensiero manicheo dell’Agostino ventisettenne e le fonti della sua informazione filosofica, secondo gli apporti della critica recente.Franco De Capitani - 2019 - In Fabrizio Amerini, Simone Fellina & Andrea Strazzoni (eds.), Tra antichità e modernità. Studi di storia della filosofia medievale e rinascimentale. Parma: E-theca OnLineOpenAccess Edizioni. pp. 83-124.
    The purpose of this essay is to highlight the internal logic of Augustine’s thought as expressed in his De pulchro et apto, in order to provide a general interpretative key enabling the mapping of the various indications of sources, passages and concepts used by Augustine. Accordingly, this purpose is essentially twofold: (1) a logical and doctrinal exploration of Augustine’s De pulchro et apto (which is not just a treatment of the problem of beauty in a Manichaean perspective, but an exposition (...)
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  2. Ipsum verum non videbis nisi in philosophiam totus intraveris. Studi in onore di Franco De Capitani. Raccolti da Fabrizio Amerini e Stefano Caroti.Fabrizio Amerini & Stefano Caroti (eds.) - 2016 - Parma: E-theca OnLineOpenAccess Edizioni.
  3. Lucrèce et la modernité: le vingtième siècle.Alain Gigandet (ed.) - 2013 - Paris: Armand Colin.
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  4. Die Notwendigkeit der Notwendigkeit: Überlegungen zur stoischen Seelen- und Schicksalslehre.Benedict Beckeld - 2013 - Frankfurt am Main: PL Academic Research, Imprint der Peter Lang.
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  5. Secundus taciturnus: die arabischen, äthiopischen und syrischen Textzeugen einer didaktischen Novelle aus der römischen Kaiserzeit.Martin Heide & Stefan Weninger (eds.) - 2014 - Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz.
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  6. Stoïcisme et lien social: enquête autour de Musonius Rufus.Valéry Laurand - 2014 - Paris: Classiques Garnier.
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  7. The epicurean inscription of Diogenes of Oinoanda: ten years of new discoveries and research.Jürgen Hammerstaedt - 2014 - Bonn: Verlag Dr. Rudolf Habelt.
    The Greek inscription set up by the Epicurean philosopher Diogenes of Oinoanda, probably in the first half of the second century AD, is a document of extraordinary interest and importance. It is the longest inscription known from the ancient world, perhaps running to about 25,000 words, and the only one to give a detailed exposition of a philosophical system. Since 1884 a total of 299 pieces of the inscription have been found scattered about the ruins of Oinoanda in the mountains (...)
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  8. La Métaphysique de Théophraste: principes et apories.Annick Jaulin & David Lefebvre (eds.) - 2015 - Leuven: Peeters.
    A collection of eight studies on Theophrastus' Metaphysics, presenting an overview of the first reception of Aristotle.
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  9. Aristotele e Alessandro di Afrodisia (Questioni etiche e Mantissa): metodo e oggetto dell'etica peripatetica.Maddalena Bonelli (ed.) - 2015 - [Naples]: Bibliopolis.
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  10. Philosophy, rhetoric, and sophistry in the high Roman Empire: Maximus of Tyre and twelve other intellectuals.Jeroen Lauwers - 2015 - Boston: Brill.
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  11. La polemica di Lucrezio contro le religiones: tantum religio potuit suadere malorum.Ginetta De Trane - 2015 - Lecce: Pensa multimedia.
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  12. La rivoluzione culturale di Lucrezio: filosofia e scienza nell'antica Roma.Marco Beretta - 2015 - Roma: Carocci editore.
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  13. Our divine double.Charles M. Stang - 2016 - Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press.
  14. Alexander of Aphrodisias and the text of Aristotle's Metaphysics.Mirjam E. Kotwick - 2016 - Berkley, California: University of California Press.
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  15. El sabio camino hacia la felicidad: Diógenes de Enoanda y el gran mural epicúreo.Carlos García Gual - 2016 - Barcelona: Ariel.
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  16. L'éthique du stoïcien Hiéroclès.Jean-Baptiste Gourinat (ed.) - 2016 - Villeneuve d'Ascq, France: Presses universitaires du Septentrion.
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  17. From metaphysics to ethics (with Bernard Stiegler, Heraclitus, and Aristotle).Kurt Lampe - 2017 - In Abraham Jacob Greenstine & Ryan J. Johnson (eds.), Contemporary Encounters with Ancient Metaphysics. Edinburgh University Press.
  18. Contingency and skepticism in Agamben's thought.Gert-Jan van der Heiden - 2017 - In Abraham Jacob Greenstine & Ryan J. Johnson (eds.), Contemporary Encounters with Ancient Metaphysics. Edinburgh University Press.
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  19. Object and ousia : Harman and Aristotle on the being of things.Eric Salem - 2017 - In Abraham Jacob Greenstine & Ryan J. Johnson (eds.), Contemporary Encounters with Ancient Metaphysics. Edinburgh University Press.
  20. Science regained [1962].Abraham Jacob Greenstine & Ryan J. Johnson - 2017 - In Abraham Jacob Greenstine & Ryan J. Johnson (eds.), Contemporary Encounters with Ancient Metaphysics. Edinburgh University Press.
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  21. Adjust your dread": Badiou's metaphysical disposition.A. J. Bartlett - 2017 - In Abraham Jacob Greenstine & Ryan J. Johnson (eds.), Contemporary Encounters with Ancient Metaphysics. Edinburgh University Press.
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  22. Odysseus' changed soul: a contemporary reading of the myth of Er.Catherine Malabou - 2017 - In Abraham Jacob Greenstine & Ryan J. Johnson (eds.), Contemporary Encounters with Ancient Metaphysics. Edinburgh University Press.
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  23. The muses and philosophy: elements for a history of the Pseudos [1991].Abraham Jacob Greenstine & Ryan J. Johnson - 2017 - In Abraham Jacob Greenstine & Ryan J. Johnson (eds.), Contemporary Encounters with Ancient Metaphysics. Edinburgh University Press.
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  24. A thousand antiquities.Abraham Jacob Greenstine & Ryan J. Johnson - 2017 - In Abraham Jacob Greenstine & Ryan J. Johnson (eds.), Contemporary Encounters with Ancient Metaphysics. Edinburgh University Press.
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  25. Il primo libro della retorica. Philodemus - 2018 - Napoli: Bibliopolis.
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  26. Galien de Pergame, ou, La rhétorique de la providence: médecine, littérature et pouvoir à Rome.Caroline Petit - 2018 - Boston: Brill.
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  27. Die "unartikulierbaren Begriffe" des Neuplatonikers Damaskios: Transzendenz und All-Einheit in den Aporien und Lösungen bezüglich der ersten Prinzipien.Gheorghe Pașcalău - 2018 - Berlin: De Gruyter.
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  28. The tell: a memoir.Linda I. Meyers - 2018 - Berkeley, CA: She Writes Press.
    Linda I. Meyers was twenty-eight and the mother of three little boys when her mother, after a lifetime of threats, killed herself. Staggered by conflicting feelings of relief and remorse, Linda believed that the best way to give meaning to her mother's death was to make changes to her own life. Bolstered by the women's movement of the seventies, she left her marriage, went to college, started a successful family acting business, and established a fulfilling career. Written with irony and (...)
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  29. Alexander Arabus: studi sulla tradizione araba dell'aristotelismo greco.Silvia Fazzo - 2018 - Pistoia: Petite plaisance.
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  30. Alkinous i średni platonizm: pragnienie wejrzenia poza to, co widzialne.Kazimierz Pawłowski - 2019 - Warszawa: Wydawnictwo Naukowe UKSW.
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  31. Dissertazioni.Massimo di Tiro - 2019 - [Milan]: Bompiani.
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  32. La causalité humaine: sur le De fato d'Alexandre d'Aphrodise.Isabelle Koch - 2019 - Paris: Classiques Garnier.
    Dans le De fato, Alexandre construit une théorie péripatéticienne du destin et réfute les Stoïciens, partisans dune conception dure du destin. Par là il offre un document majeur sur le déterminisme dans lAntiquité. Louvrage montre comment lexégèse dAristote lui permet de proposer une conception nouvelle de la responsabilité.
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  33. Ist Beten sinnvoll?: die 5. Rede des Maximos von Tyros.Rainer Hirsch-Luipold, Michael B. Trapp, Franco Ferrari, Alfons Fürst, Barbara Borg, Vincenzo Vitiello & Maximus (eds.) - 2019 - Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck.
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  34. Philodemus, On anger. Philodemus - 2020 - Atlanta: SBL Press.
    This English translation of On Anger provides a newly read and supplemented Greek text of one of the most important "Herculaneum papyri," the only collection of literary texts to survive the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 CE. On Anger is our sole evidence for the Epicurean view of what constitutes natural and praiseworthy anger, as distinguished from unnatural pleasure in vengeance and cruelty for their own sake, a view that can be shown to have influenced Latin authors like Cicero, Horace (...)
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  35. Faut-il prendre Les Deipnosophistes au sérieux?Christian Jacob - 2020 - Paris: Les Belles Lettres.
  36. Saving one another: Philodemus and Paul on moral formation in community.Justin Reid Allison - 2020 - Boston: BRILL.
    In "Saving One Another: Philodemus and Paul on Moral Formation in Community" Justin Reid Allison compares how the Epicurean philosopher Philodemus and the Christian apostle Paul envisioned the members of their communities helping one another to grow into moral maturity. Allison establishes that Philodemus and Paul are more similar than previously noticed in their conception and practice of moral formation in community, and that these similarities offer a critical opportunity to consider important differences between the two as well. By deepening (...)
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  37. Sosipatra of Pergamum: philosopher and oracle.Heidi Marx-Wolf - 2021 - New York: Oxford University Press.
    The story of Sosipatra of Pergamon (4th century C.E.) as told by her biographer, Eunapius of Sardis in his Lives of the Philosophers and Sophists, is a remarkable tale. It is the story of an elite young girl from the area of Ephesus, who was educated by traveling spirits (daemons), and who grew up to lead her own philosophy school on the west coast of ancient Asia Minor. She was also a prophet of sorts, channeling divine messages to her students, (...)
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  38. Taurus of Beirut: The Other Side of Middle Platonism.M. Petrucci Federico - 2018 - New York, NY: Routledge.
    This volume is the first monograph devoted to the philosophy of Taurus of Beirut, and provides a long-awaited analysis of his texts and their first English translation. Through close examination of the extant witnesses, Petrucci gives a new account of Middle Platonism based on a fresh approach to the theological and cosmological view of Taurus. In this way, the book contributes substantially to the debate on Post-Hellenistic Platonism from the point of view of both exegetical methods and philosophical doctrines, and (...)
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  39. 4 Plato’s Protagoras: The Authority of Beginning an Education.Daniel Price - 2017 - In Abraham Jacob Greenstine & Ryan J. Johnson (eds.), Contemporary Encounters with Ancient Metaphysics. Edinburgh University Press. pp. 47-64.
  40. 11 Diverging Ways: On the Trajectories of Ontology in Parmenides, Aristotle, and Deleuze.Abraham Jacob Greenstine - 2017 - In Abraham Jacob Greenstine & Ryan J. Johnson (eds.), Contemporary Encounters with Ancient Metaphysics. Edinburgh University Press. pp. 202-223.
  41. 10 The Modern Aristotle: Michael Polanyi’s Search for Truth against Nihilism.David Hoinski & Ronald Polansky - 2017 - In Abraham Jacob Greenstine & Ryan J. Johnson (eds.), Contemporary Encounters with Ancient Metaphysics. Edinburgh University Press. pp. 180-201.
  42. 9 Does It Matter? Material Nature and Vital Heat in Aristotle’s Biology.Adriel M. Trott - 2017 - In Abraham Jacob Greenstine & Ryan J. Johnson (eds.), Contemporary Encounters with Ancient Metaphysics. Edinburgh University Press. pp. 158-179.
  43. 15 On the Surface: The Deleuze-Stoicism Encounter.Ryan J. Johnson - 2017 - In Abraham Jacob Greenstine & Ryan J. Johnson (eds.), Contemporary Encounters with Ancient Metaphysics. Edinburgh University Press. pp. 270-288.
  44. 8 Aristotle’s Organism, and Ours.Emanuela Bianchi - 2017 - In Abraham Jacob Greenstine & Ryan J. Johnson (eds.), Contemporary Encounters with Ancient Metaphysics. Edinburgh University Press. pp. 138-157.
  45. Contemporary Encounters with Ancient Metaphysics.Abraham Jacob Greenstine & Ryan J. Johnson (eds.) - 2017 - Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
    This volume of 18 essays shows how leading philosophers address the problems of ancient metaphysics: one and the many, the potential and the actual, the material and immaterial, the divine and the world itself. Includes three original and previously unpublished translations of texts by Gilles Deleuze, Pierre Aubenque and Barbara Cassin.
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  46. Celsus in His World: Philosophy, Polemic and Religion in the Second Century.James Carleton Paget & Simon Gathercole (eds.) - 2021 - New York: Cambridge University Press.
    Celsus penned the earliest known detailed attack upon Christianity. While his identity is disputed and his anti-Christian treatise, entitled the True Word, has been exclusively transmitted through the hands of the great Christian scholar Origen, he remains an intriguing figure. In this interdisciplinary volume, which brings together ancient philosophers, specialists in Greek literature, and historians of early Christianity and of ancient Judaism, Celsus is situated within the cultural, philosophical, religious and political world from which he emerged. While his work is (...)
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  47. Antiochus and Peripatetic Ethics.Georgia Tsouni - 2018 - Cambridge University Press.
    This book offers a fresh analysis of the account of Peripatetic ethics in Cicero's On Ends 5, which goes back to the first-century BCE philosopher Antiochus of Ascalon. Georgia Tsouni challenges previous characterisations of Antiochus' philosophical project as 'eclectic' and shows how his reconstruction of the ethics of the 'Old Academy' demonstrates a careful attempt to update the ancient heritage, and predominantly the views of Aristotle and the Peripatos, in the light of contemporary Stoic-led debates. This results in both a (...)
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  48. Aëtiana Iv: Papers of the Melbourne Colloquium on Ancient Doxography.Jaap Mansfeld & David T. Runia (eds.) - 2018 - Brill.
    _Aëtiana IV: Towards an Edition of the Aëtian Placita: Papers of the Melbourne Colloquium, 1–3 December 2015_ provides a critical discussion from various angles by a plurality of authors of the reconstruction of the _Placita_ and the relevance of the compendium for the history of Greek philosophy.
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  49. Univocity, Duality, and Ideal Genesis: Deleuze and Plato.John Bova & Paul M. Livingston - 2017 - In Abraham Jacob Greenstine & Ryan J. Johnson (eds.), Contemporary Encounters with Ancient Metaphysics. Edinburgh University Press. pp. 65-85.
    In this essay, we consider the formal and ontological implications of one specific and intensely contested dialectical context from which Deleuze’s thinking about structural ideal genesis visibly arises. This is the formal/ontological dualism between the principles, ἀρχαί, of the One (ἕν) and the Indefinite/Unlimited Dyad (ἀόριστος δυάς), which is arguably the culminating achievement of the later Plato’s development of a mathematical dialectic.3 Following commentators including Lautman, Oskar Becker, and Kenneth M. Sayre, we argue that the duality of the One and (...)
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  50. 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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