Skip to content
Register Sign in Wishlist
Look Inside Proclus: Commentary on Plato's Timaeus

Proclus: Commentary on Plato's Timaeus

Volume 2. Book 2: Proclus on the Causes of the Cosmos and its Creation


Part of Proclus: Commentary on Plato's Timaeus

  • Date Published: November 2017
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781316637531

£ 22.99

Add to cart Add to wishlist

Other available formats:

Looking for an inspection copy?

This title is not currently available on inspection

Product filter button
About the Authors
  • This volume of Proclus' commentary on Plato's Timaeus records Proclus' exegesis of Timaeus 27a–31b, in which Plato first discusses preliminary matters that precede his account of the creation of the universe, and then moves to the account of the creation of the universe as a totality. For Proclus this text is a grand opportunity to reflect on the nature of causation as it relates to the physical reality of our cosmos. The commentary deals with many subjects that have been of central interest to philosophers from Plato's time onwards, such as the question whether the cosmos was created in time, and the nature of evil as it relates to physical reality and its ontological imperfection.

    • Arguably the most important ancient commentary on a text of Plato
    • Provides an introduction to and notes on the translation
    • Includes an English-Greek glossary and a Greek word index
    Read more

    Customer reviews

    Not yet reviewed

    Be the first to review

    Review was not posted due to profanity


    , create a review

    (If you're not , sign out)

    Please enter the right captcha value
    Please enter a star rating.
    Your review must be a minimum of 12 words.

    How do you rate this item?


    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2017
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781316637531
    • dimensions: 230 x 153 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.62kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Notes on the translation
    Introduction to Book II
    Structure of the commentary
    Method of the commentary
    The sources for Proclus' commentary
    Main themes of the commentary
    On the Timaeus of Plato: Book II
    Analytical table of contents
    On the proemium (27c-29d), translated by David T. Runia
    On the creation of the cosmos (29e-31b) by Michael Share
    English-Greek glossary
    Greek word index
    General index.

  • Author


    Editors and translators

    David T. Runia, University of Melbourne
    David T. Runia is Master of Queen's College and Professorial Fellow, School of History, Faculty of Arts at the University of Melbourne. He has written numerous books and articles on ancient philosophy, specialising in the thought of Philo of Alexandria and the subject of ancient doxography.

    Michael Share, University of Tasmania
    Michael Share is an Honorary Associate in the School of History and Classics, University of Tasmania.

Sign In

Please sign in to access your account


Not already registered? Create an account now. ×

Sorry, this resource is locked

Please register or sign in to request access. If you are having problems accessing these resources please email

Register Sign in
Please note that this file is password protected. You will be asked to input your password on the next screen.

» Proceed

You are now leaving the Cambridge University Press website. Your eBook purchase and download will be completed by our partner Please see the permission section of the catalogue page for details of the print & copy limits on our eBooks.

Continue ×

Continue ×

Continue ×

Find content that relates to you

Join us online

This site uses cookies to improve your experience. Read more Close

Are you sure you want to delete your account?

This cannot be undone.


Thank you for your feedback which will help us improve our service.

If you requested a response, we will make sure to get back to you shortly.

Please fill in the required fields in your feedback submission.