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The Platonic Alcibiades I
The Dialogue and its Ancient Reception

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  • Date Published: September 2015
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521199124

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  • Although it was influential for several hundred years after it first appeared, doubts about the authenticity of the Platonic Alcibiades I have unnecessarily impeded its interpretation ever since. It positions itself firmly within the Platonic and Socratic traditions, and should therefore be approached in the same way as most other Platonic dialogues. It paints a vivid portrait of a Socrates in his late thirties tackling the unrealistic ambitions of the youthful Alcibiades, urging him to come to know himself and to care for himself. François Renaud and Harold Tarrant re-examine the drama and philosophy of Alcibiades I with an eye on those interpreters who cherished it most. Modern scholars regularly play down one or more of the religious, erotic, philosophic or dramatic aspects of the dialogue, so ancient Platonist interpreters are given special consideration. This rich study will interest a wide range of readers in ancient philosophy.

    • Examines the Alcibiades I in the light of the interpretations of the ancient Platonists
    • Rejects the idea that there must be a choice between theological and narrowly individual interpretations of the dialogue
    • Demands that interpretation should make the dialogue both dramatically and philosophically plausible
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    'The book is furnished with an appropriate bibliography and two indices. It is a fine work of scholarship.' Peter Lautner, Bryn Mawr Classical Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2015
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521199124
    • length: 306 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 160 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.55kg
    • contains: 3 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. The Dialogue: Introduction
    1. The Alcibiades I and its issues
    Part II. Reception in Antiquity:
    2. Prereception and early reception
    3. Neoplatonist reception to Proclus
    4. Olympiodorus
    Part III. The Dialogue Revisited:
    5. Reflections on our ancient journey.

  • Authors

    François Renaud, Université de Moncton, Canada
    François Renaud is a Professor of Philosophy at the Université de Moncton (New Brunswick). He has published mostly on Plato, Platonic interpretation both in Antiquity and in modern times, and Plato's Socratic legacy. His major publications include Hermeneutic Philosophy and Plato: Gadamer's Response to the Philebus (co-edited with Christopher Gill, 2010).

    Harold Tarrant, University of Newcastle, New South Wales
    Harold Tarrant is Emeritus Professor at the University of Newcastle, Australia, where he was Professor of Classics for several years. He has authored or co-authored several books relating to ancient Platonism from Plato through to Olympiodorus, and has also co-edited several volumes, the latest being The Neoplatonic Socrates (with Danielle A. Layne, 2014).

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