We are pleased to announce a new volume currently in the final stages of production and due for publication in 2016. This is the second half of Michael Griffin’s translation of Olympiodorus on Plato’s First Alcibiades: Olympiodorus: On Plato First Alcibiades 10–28.
Olympiodorus (AD c. 500–570), possibly the last non-Christian teacher of philosophy in Alexandria, delivered 28 lectures as an introduction to Plato. This volume translates lectures 10–28, following from the first nine lectures and a biography of the philosopher published in translation in a companion volume, Olympiodorus: Life of Plato and On Plato First Alcibiades 1–9 (Bloomsbury, 2014).
For us, these lectures can serve as an accessible introduction to late Neoplatonism. Olympiodorus locates the First Alcibiades at the start of the curriculum on Plato, because it is about self-knowledge. His pupils are beginners, able to approach the hierarchy of philosophical virtues, like the aristocratic playboy Alcibiades. Alcibiades needs to know himself, at least as an individual with particular actions, before he can reach the virtues of mere civic interaction. As Olympiodorus addresses mainly Christian students, he tells them that the different words they use are often symbols of truths shared between their faiths.
An annotated bibliographical guide to the Ancient Commentators on Aristotle is now available online via Oxford Bibliographies in Classics (requires subscription).
We have been looking forward to the publication of the Ancient Commentators on Aristotle series in paperback for a while and, according to Bloomsbury's website (e.g. here), they are officially published in paperback today. A quick glance at Amazon's website (e.g. here) suggests that a number of volumes in paperback are available and in stock.
The latest issue of Classical Review includes a review of Victor Caston's translation of Alexander of Aphrodisias, On the Soul, Part I, which is described as "a major contribution to the series as well as to studies on Alexander" and "a valuable work that cannot but be praised". Read the full review here.
In the latest issue of the TLS David Sedley describes the Ancient Commentators on Aristotle project as "a truly breathtaking achievement, with few parallels in the history of scholarly endeavour" (D. Sedley, 'A ton for Aristotle', The Times Literary Supplement 5751 (21 June 2013), 7-8).
The latest issue of The Classical Review 63/1 (2013) contains reviews of three recent volumes in the ACA series:
We are delighted to report that, just in time for last week's conference, the 98th, 99th, and 100th volumes appeared in print. The 100th volume ('Simplicius', On Aristotle On the Soul 3.6-13, translated by Carlos Steel, in collaboration with Arnis Ritups) was turned around with impressive speed by our new publisher Bloomsbury. Bloomsbury are now also making available previously out-of-print volumes in the series available again via print-on-demand.
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".