Edited by Gretchen J. Reydams-Schils
In recent years, Plato’s Timaeus has recaptured the interest of scholars, sparking an exploration of the astonishing influence this work has had on a wide range of intellectual traditions. Plato’s Timaeus as Cultural Icon brings together a group of leading experts from Canada, the United States, and Europe to examine the reception of Plato’s Timaeus throughout history, as well as its impact on major intellectual and cultural traditions.
Gretchen J. Reydams-Schils’s enlightening introduction tackles the issue of why the Timaeus has enjoyed such tremendous cultural status and sets the stage for the many topics covered in this volume, which include an assessment of the Timaeus’s influence on Plato’s successors, an examination of how it became connected to traditions of sacred texts, an analysis of the “mind-body problem,” the tradition of music and its relation to philosophy, the cultural impact of Calcidius’s Latin translation of the work, and the interaction between the Timaeus and Islamic philosophy. As a collaborative effort of expert philosophers, classicists, and historians, this remarkable book serves as a wonderful starting point and research tool for anyone with an interest in Plato’s Timaeus.
Contributors: Michael J. B. Allen, Werner Beierwaltes, Luc Brisson, Cristina D’Ancona, John Dillon, Paul Edward Dutton, Stephen Gersh, Carlos Lévy, Rhonda Martens, Mitchell Miller, David T. Runia, Kenneth Sayre, and Richard Sorabji
“. . . of high quality.” — Speculum
“Reydams-Schils’ Plato’s Timaeus as Cultural Icon is a paradigm of what a book of essays on the influence of a dialogue should be. First and foremost, the articles are first-rate. Moreover, they cover an extraordinary range of topics, thinkers and time-periods. This is an excellent collection.” — Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews
“As a collaborative effort of expert philosophers, classicists, and historians, this remarkable book serves as a wonderful starting point and research tool for anyone with an interest in Plato’s Timaeus_.” —_Philosophical Inquiry, 2002, Vol. XXIV, no.3-4
“Under the capable editorship of Reydams-Schils, the present volume brings together 13 essays by scholars from the United States, Europe and Canada that address the influence and cultural status of the Timaeus since its appearance more than two millennia ago. . . . This collection is an excellent and reasonably priced support for studies of Plato’s dialogs in general and the Timaeus in particular.” — Library Journal
“Each essay is a model of careful scholarship.” — The Sixteenth Century Journal
“. . . an impressive testimony to the dialogue’s enduring influence.” — Mouseion: Journal of the Classical Association of Canada
“. . . [The papers] deserve to be read by all advanced students in the Platonic tradition.” — Classical World