1st Edition

Arius Didymus on Peripatetic Ethics, Household Management, and Politics
Text, Translation, and Discussion





ISBN 9780367594589
Published June 30, 2020 by Routledge
346 Pages

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Book Description

This volume features a unique epitome (original summation) of Aristotelian practical philosophy. It is often attributed to Arius Didymus who composed a survey of Peripatetic thought on three closely related areas: ethics, household management, and politics. The quality of the epitome, which draws not only on the surviving treatises of Aristotle, but also on works by later Peripatetics, is excellent.



In recent years the epitome has attracted increased attention as an important document for the understanding of Hellenistic philosophy. This new edition of the Greek text is much needed; the most recent edition dates from 1884 and is seriously faulty. This translation, provided by Georgia Tsouni, is based on the oldest and best manuscripts and takes account of recent discussions of difficult passages. In addition, an English translation appears opposite the Greek text on facing pages. The text-translation is followed by nine essays, which are written for a wide audience—not only philosophers and classicists, but also scholars interested in politics and social order.



The essays also consider issues of a more philological nature: Who in fact was the author of the epitome? Is Theophrastus an important source? In discussing political matters, is the author intending to defend the practice of philosophy in Augustan Rome? Was there a second epitome, perhaps with a different slant, that has been lost?

Table of Contents

Preface



Contributors



1 Didymus’ Epitome of Peripatetic Ethics, Household Management, and Politics: An Edition with Translation



Georgia Tsouni



2 The Quest for an Author



David E. Hahm



3 Moral Virtue in Didymus’ Epitome of Peripatetic Ethics



William W. Fortenbaugh



4 Intrinsic Worth of Others in the Peripatetic Epitome, Doxography C



Stephen A. White



5 Two Conceptions of "Primary Acts of Virtue" in Doxography C



Jan Szaif



6 Bodily and External Goods in Relation to Happiness



Myrto Hatzimichali



7 Didymus on Types of Life



William W. Fortenbaugh



8 Didymus’ Epitome of the Economic and Political Topic



Eckart Schutrumpf



9 Von Arnim, Didymus and Augustus: Three Related Notes on Doxography C



Peter L. P. Simpson



10 Seneca’s Peripatetics: Epistulae Morales 92 and the Stobaean Doxography C



Margaret R. Graver

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Biography

William W. Fortenbaugh is Emeritus Professor of Classics at Rutgers University, USA.