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The Authorship Of An Armenian Commentary On Aristotle'S Prior Analytics

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The sixth-century philosophers David and Elias have much in common. Both were Christian members of the Neoplatonic school of Alexandria, and both concentrated on writing commentaries devoted to Aristotelian logic. One significant difference between David and Elias is that, according to later Armenian tradition at least, David is said to have been an Armenian and responsible for the early translations of philosophical texts into Armenian. Scholars have convincingly identified both David and Elias as students of the sixth-century Alexandrian philosopher Olympiodorus based on the numerous references to and parallels with the commentaries of Olympiodorus found in the works attributed to either David or Elias. This chapter discusses the commentary tradition on the Prior Analytics and the Armenian commentary before turning to the evidence in support of his thesis.

Keywords: Aristotelian logic; Armenian commentary; David; Elias; Olympiodorus



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