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 offers a starting point for a new understanding of many aspects of ancient thought.
Table of Contents
Preface, Abbreviations, Introduction, Chapter 1: Taurus in Context, Chapter 2: Taurus on Plato’s Cosmogony. Middle Platonism and Literalism, Chapter 3: Taurus’ Cosmology. The Other Side of Middle Platonism, Chapter 4: Taurus and Middle Platonist Exegesis, Epilogue, Appendix: Taurus of Beirut: A New Collection of Texts with English Translation, Concordances, Bibliography, Index
Federico M. Petrucci is a Junior Research Fellow at the Department of Classics and Ancient History at Durham University, UK.