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This introductory chapter of the book Death and Immortality in Late Neoplatonism: Studies on the Ancient Commentaries on Plato's Phaedo provides an overview of the book and its chapters. The book presents and analyzes the late Neoplatonic exegesis of Plato's Phaedo by focusing on the issues of death and immortality. It also provides a brief presentation of Olympiodorus' and Damascius' different methods as commentators and some remarks on the interpretative goal of the dialogue. Finally, the book considers how the theory of a central, universal and unitary interpretative 'goal' shapes the interpretation of Plato's Phaedo. The main aim of this introductory section is threefold: to give a sense of the distinctive working methods of our commentators; to discuss the different formal features of their texts; and to support with ample evidence some basic working principles.

Keywords:Damascius; late Neoplatonism; Olympiodorus; Plato's Phaedo



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