Antisthenes of Athens: Texts, Translations, and Commentary by Antisthenes

By Antisthenes

Antisthenes of Athens (c. 445-365 BCE) was once a well-known historic disciple of Socrates, senior to Plato via fifteen years and inspirational to Xenophon. he's correct to 2 of the best turning issues in historical highbrow historical past, from pre-Socraticism to Socraticism, and from classical Athens to the Hellenistic interval. a greater realizing of Antisthenes ends up in a greater realizing of the highbrow tradition of Athens that formed Plato and laid the rules for Hellenistic philosophy and literature besides. Antisthenes wrote prolifically, yet little of this article is still this present day. Susan Prince has accumulated the entire surviving passages that pertain so much heavily to Antisthenes’ historic recognition and literary construction, interprets them into English for the 1st time, and units out the parameters for his or her interpretation, with shut realization to the function Antisthenes most probably performed within the literary schedule of every historic writer who brought up him.

This is the 1st translation of Antisthenes’ is still into English. Chapters current the traditional resource, the unique Greek passage, and worthwhile serious equipment. the writer then provides the trendy English translation and notes at the context of the upkeep, the importance of the testimonium, and at the Greek. numerous new readings are proposed.

Antisthenes of Athens could be of curiosity to a person looking to comprehend Antisthenes and his highbrow context, in addition to his contributions to historical literary feedback, perspectives on discourse, and ethics.

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1–11) 43 to underscore its serious sense. Imitators of the Spartan constitution are listed as Plato, Diogenes, and Zeno (59a), which implies either that Plutarch did not place Antisthenes’ On Law or On the Constitution (t. 3) in this tradition or that he did not know it. Antisthenes, in Plutarch’s view, saw Sparta as an ethical teacher, a παιδαγωγὸν εὐσχήμονος βίου. Importance of the Testimonium The battle of Leuktra (371 BCE) resulted in a devastating defeat of the Spartans by the Thebans. If the anecdote is historical, this is the latest evidence for an act of Antisthenes.

See t. 4, with its cross-­references, and t. 151A. If definition, which is not identical to true logos, is impossible, then the practice of philosophy on a scientific model, as developed by Aristotle, is essentially closed off at its most basic level (see discussion under t. 4). This conclusion runs counter to the central thesis 20 Antisthenes of Athens: Texts, Translations and Commentary of Brancacci 1990, that Antisthenes’ concept oikeios logos is precisely a unique definition for each thing, where a “thing” seems to be a general moral concept.

2723 “Antisthenes” (Adler) = 122B DC [= Hesychius of Miletus, Onomatologium no. 61 “Antisthenes” p.  . υἱὸς δὲ ὢν ὁμωνύμου πατρός, μητρὸς δὲ τὸ γένος Θρᾴσσης. μητρὸς δὲ M : om.  . and he was the son of a father by the same name but from a mother Thracian by birth. 1D. -­Eudocia, Violarium no. 96 “Antisthenes” p.  .  . Context of Preservation The opening words in Diogenes Laertius’ life of Antisthenes have been repeated and compressed in the Suda (ninth century CE), the fifteenth-­ century Violetum attributed to Arsenius, and the Violarium (Garden of violets) attributed to the Byzantine empress Eudocia (eleventh century) but probably composed by the later Greek writer Konstantinos Palaiokappa, who flourished c.

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