Commentaries on Plato, Volume 2: Parmenides, Part I

Marsilio Ficino (Author) Maude Vanhaelen (Translator)
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Description

Marsilio Ficino (1433-1499), the Florentine scholar-philosopher-magus, was largely responsible for the Renaissance revival of Plato. Ficino's commentaries on Plato remained the standard guide to the Greek philosopher's works for centuries. Vanhaelen's new translation of Ficino's vast commentary on the Parmenides makes this monument of Renaissance metaphysics accessible to the modern student of philosophy. The volume contains the first critical edition of the Latin text, an ample introduction, and extensive notes.

Product Details

Price
$35.94
Publisher
Harvard University Press
Publish Date
August 13, 2012
Pages
352
Dimensions
5.3 X 1.0 X 8.0 inches | 1.0 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9780674064713
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About the Author

Maude Vanhaelen is an Academic Fellow in the Departments of Italian and Classics at the University of Warwick.

Reviews

Ficino's focus was on the writings of Plato, which were the subject of his study, his translation, and his extensive commentary. One of the most extensive of those commentaries--on Plato's Parmenides--is now one of the most recent additions to Harvard's superb ongoing I Tatti Renaissance Library. In a two-volume accomplishment all the more astounding for being conducted so unassumingly, Maude Vanhaelen has taken Ficino's 1496 edition of the commentary on Parmenides, regularized its usages, combed out its typos, modernized its spellings, and thereby produced the single finest scholarly version of this long and problematic work yet made...Thanks to Maude Vanhaelen and the I Tatti Library, we can now study Ficino's epic Parmenides commentary as it should be studied: with a clear, nailed-down text, a fine English translation, and some wide-ranging, hard-working notes. Renaissance scholars--that tiny, hard-drinking enclave--will rightly rejoice.-- (10/01/2012)