1st Edition

Meet the Philosophers of Ancient Greece Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Ancient Greek Philosophy but didn't Know Who to Ask

Edited By Patricia F. O'Grady Copyright 2005

    Ancient Greece was the cradle of philosophy in the Western tradition. Meet the Philosophers of Ancient Greece brings the thoughts and lives of the pioneers of Western philosophy down from their sometimes remote heights and introduces them to a modern audience. Comprising seventy essays, written by internationally distinguished scholars in a lively and accessible style, this book presents the values, ideas, wisdom and arguments of the most significant thinkers from the world of ancient Greece. Commencing with Thales of Miletus and continuing to the end of the Ancient Period of philosophy by way of Heraclitus, Parmenides, Protagoras, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Archimedes, Epictetus this book explores the major contributions of each philosopher as well as looking at archaeological and historical sites where they lived, worked and thought. This book is an outstanding introduction to the world of the philosophers of Ancient Greece.

    Contents: Foreword. Part I Introductory Essays: Introduction, Alan Chalmers; What is philosophy?, Trevor Curnow; What Greek philosophy means to us today, Ian Hunt. Part II The Precursors of Philosophy: Homer, Seamus Sweeney; Hesiod, Aude Engel; Aesop, Leo Groarke. Part III The Pre-socratics and Socrates: Thales of Miletus, Patricia O'Grady; Anaximander of Miletus, Dirk L. Couprie and Heleen J. Pott; Sappho, Christina Clark; Pythagoras, Thomas Kiefer; Xenophanes, Hye-kyung Kim; Aeschylus, Seamus Sweeney; Anaxagoras, Patricia O'Grady; Heraclitus, G. S. Bowe; Parmenides, Allan F. Randall; Empedocles, James M. Magrini; Protagoras of Abdera and Plato's Protagoras, Jonathan Lavery; The Sophists, Jonathan Lavery; Zeno of Elea, Doukas Kapantais; Sophocles, James M. Magrini; Euripides, Seamus Sweeney; Herodotus of Halicarnassus, Christine Farmer; Diotima of Mantineia, Melanie B. Mineo; Hippocrates of Cos, Andrew Gregory; Socrates, Hope May; Thucydides, Matthew Usher; Democritus, Alan Chalmers. Part IV The Classical Period: Aristophanes, Robert Phiddian; Plato, Gerasimos Santas; Plato's Symposium, Steven R. Robinson; The Anonymous Iamblichi, Louis Groarke; Diogenes of Sinope, Marjolein Oele; Eudoxus of Cnidos, Andrew Gregory; Aristotle, Hope May. Part V The Hellenistic Philosophers: Theophrastus of Eresus, Irene Svitzou; Pyrrho, Leo Groarke; Epicurus, Dirk Baltzly; Zeno of Citium, Maria Protopapas-Marneli; Archimedes, Suzanne Roux; Aristarchus of Samos, Andrew Gregory; Carneades, G.S. Bowe; Lucretius, Tim O'Keefe; Seneca the Younger, Kartika Panwar; Apollonius of Tyana, Gabriele Cornelli. Part VI The Roman Period: Epictetus, Keith Seddon; Apuleius of Madauros, Bruce J. MacLennan; Marcus Aurelius, William O. Stephens; Plotinus, David J. Yount; Sextus Empiricus, Sabatino Dibernardo; Imablichus of Chalcis, Bruce J. MacLennan; Anthony of Egypt and The Desert Fathers, Louis Groarke; Eusebius, Bishop of Caesarea, Linos G. Benakis; Hypatia of Alexandria, Virginia Haddad; Proclus, Dirk Baltzly; John Philoponus, Antonia Kakavelaki; The Closure of the Academy of Athens, George Arabatzis. Part VII Archaeological Sites: The Athenian Acropolis, Evanthia Speliotis; The Athenian Agora, Kevin Glowacki; Corinth, G. S. Bowe; Delphi, Deborah Nash Peterson; Didyma, Peter Sommer; Eleusis, Anne Farrell; Epidaurus, Glenn Rawson; Marathon, Trevor Curnow; Miletus, Patricia O'Grady; Ancient Olympia: athletic games and intellectual contests, Glenn Rawson; Piraeus, Daniel Silvermintz; Samos, Tim O'Keefe and Patricia O'Grady; Syracuse, Phillip Meade; Troy and Henry Schliemann, Patricia O'Grady. Glossary, Glenn Rawson; Time Line, Andrew Gregory.


    Patricia F. O'Grady is Adjunct Research Associate of Philosophy at Flinders University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia.

    ’The breadth of coverage of philosophers is very impressive... I would certainly recommend that a copy should be available in every library of every institution where ancient Greece and its philosophy is studied. It's an unusual book, but a worthwhile one.’ Practical Philosophy