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Damascius And The Collectio Philosophica A Chapter In The History Of Philosophical Schools And Libraries In The Neoplatonic Tradition

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The history of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina has benefited in recent years from the work of scholars mostly interested in literary matters, and the importance of the Library as an institution where philological tools were developed for the transmission of texts has been duly stressed. Damascius himself seems to have written his commentaries on Plato in Athens, but other parts of his work stem from his teaching in Alexandria. The study of the philosophical work of Damascius is made rather easy by the fact that many of his great treatises and commentaries have been preserved. Precise studies of all the manuscripts brought together in the Collectio philosophica, together with a historical analysis of the Life of Isidorus, should bring more light on this fascinating period of intellectual history.

Keywords: Alexandria; Athens; Collectio philosophica; Damascius; Isidorus; Plato



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