A recent piece on The Telegraph website reporting on the Ancient Commentators on Aristotle conference has described it as "the most extraordinary feat of British scholarship ever".
Next week sees a four day international conference celebrating the Ancient Commentators on Aristotle project reaching 100 volumes of translation. (The three outstanding should all appear next week!).
The festivities begin on Tuesday with a Graduate Reception with Richard Sorabji at King's College London, followed by the opening talk in the evening by Carlos Steel at Senate House in Bloomsbury. Wednesday sees a day of talks at Senate House (by Marwan Rashed, Stephen Menn, John Watt, Daniel King), followed by a reception at King's College London in the evening. On Thursday the conference remains at King's in the morning for talks by Jonathan Barnes and Peter Adamson, and then returns to Senate House in the afternoon for presentations by James Wilberding, Michael Griffin, and Riccardo Chiaradonna.
On Friday the conference moves to Wolfson College in Oxford. After an opening talk by Richard Sorabji, David Sedley and others will discuss the discovery of a new fragment of a commentary on Aristotle found in the famous Archimedes palimpsest. Further details of the Wolfson day here.
We are delighted to report that the just published ACA volume "Aeneas of Gaza, Theophrastus, Translated by J. Dillon and D. Russell, with Zacharias of Mytilene, Ammonius, Translated by S. Gertz" has been named as one of the TLS Books of the Year.
Many congratulations to the translators and all those involved in the production of this volume.
We are delighted to announce that 5 further volumes have just been published. They are:
Here's a list, with Amazon links, of the volumes currently in press that take the series up to 100 volumes:
A review of Richard McKirahan's Philoponus, On Aristotle Posterior Analytics 1.9-18 has been posted on BMCR: "this book is an important publication that will certainly help to make the work of Philoponus better known. The translation – the first ever into any modern language – makes the Greek text accessible to those with little or no Greek and will be an indispensable tool for students and scholars of ancient thought. The notes clarify many strange passages and provide valuable information about the tradition Philoponus is working in. Moreover, the book is well edited. Thus, there can be no doubt that many scholars and students will find the book highly useful." Full review here.
100 volumes have now been sent to press and will hopefully be published by the end of this year. The 100th volume - now being checked in proof - is Carlos Steel's translation of Ps.-Simplicius, On Aristotle On the Soul 3.6-13 (details on Amazon). This is the fourth and final volume of translation of this commentary; indeed it completes the translation of the entire ancient body of commentaries on the De Anima. It is fitting that Carlos Steel should be completing the task of translating Ps.-Simplicius in DA given that he (with Fernand Bossier) was one of the first to challenge its traditional attribution to Simplicius, proposing Priscian of Lydia as the author. Steel considers afresh the question of authorship in the introduction to this new volume.
Richard Sorabji discusses the Ancient Commentators on Aristotle with Peter Adamson in the latest episode of Peter's History of Philosophy Without any Gaps podcast. Now that Peter is well into the philosophy of late antiquity his series includes number of relevant episodes, including Alexander of Aphrodisias, Porphyry, Proclus, and Philoponus.
Robert Todd's Themistius, On Aristotle Physics 1-3 has recently been reviewed at Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, which is is described as "an especially welcome addition to the Ancient Commentators on Aristotle Series". Read the full review here.
The latest issue of Classical Review (62/2, 2012) contains reviews of two recent volumes in the ACA series: Wilberding's Porphyry, To Gaurus (review here - "a very useful and timely contribution to scholarship") and Huby and Taylor's Simplicius, On Aristotle Physics 1.3-4 (review here - "this book is an extraordinarily useful tool for scholars").