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This chapter presents a brief discussion on Syrianus' fragments. Syrianus' fragments on the Timaeus and Parmenides (1-10), are taken from Proclus' reports regarding his teacher's opinions on various matters, which he makes in his Timaeus and Parmenides commentaries. The last six fragments of Syrianus' teachings on the Parmenides (fr. 11-15) are taken from Damascius' Commentary on the Parmenides and On First Principles. Fragments found in other texts, particularly those in Proclus' Platonic Theology, are discussed in the commentary on the selected fragments. Additionally, these fragments are a fine example of Syrianus' influential commentary style, in so far as he uses the method of providing a lemma for commenting. The fragments taken from Damascius' works refer to Proclus as "the commentator", but mention Syrianus by name.

Keywords: Damascius' works; Parmenides; Proclus; Syrianus' fragments; Timaeus



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