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1. FN0*) Book Notes discuss books on ancient philosophy that are sent to the journal for review.
2. FN11 L. P. Gerson (ed.), The Cambridge History of Philosophy in Late Antiquity. 1 vol. in 2. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010. Pp. 1284. Hardback. £150. ISBN 9780521 764407.
3. FN22) R. Pasnau (ed.), The Cambridge History of Medieval Philosophy (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010).
4. FN33) The History is notable for Gerson’s decision to ban the word ‘Neoplatonism’ (by ‘editorial fiat’, 3). In support of this G states that the word originally had, and still has, a pejorative connotation, and that figures like Plotinus saw themselves not as innovators, but as Platonists. This latter point is undeniably true. As for the former point, I tend to think that ‘Neoplatonism’ has finally become more a successful brand name than an insult. In any case, G’s proposal strikes me as quixotic. Widely used historical and intellectual categories cannot be eliminated so easily, and I for one would regret the loss of ‘Neoplatonism’ were the term to fall into desuetude. Consider, for instance, the usefulness of a phrase like ‘the Neoplatonic aspects of Avicenna’s metaphysics’. This concisely conveys Avicenna’s acceptance of principles like the necessary derivation of all things from a First Principle, in a way that ‘the Platonist aspects of Avicenna’s metaphysics’ would not.
5. FN44) R. Chiaradonna (ed.), Filosofia tardoantica. Rome: Carocci, 2012. Pp. 323. Paperback. €28. ISBN 9788843063437.
6. FN55) The relation between Gnostics and Platonism in this period was also emphasized in the recent J. D. Turner and K. Corrigan (eds), Plato’s Parmenides and its Heritage (Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2010), reviewed in last year’s Book Notes.
7. FN66) J.-M. Narbonne, Plotinus in Dialogue with the Gnostics. Leiden: Brill, 2011. Pp. 152. Hardback. €86/$118. ISBN 9789004203266.
8. FN77) B. Fleet (trans.), Plotinus: Ennead IV.8, On the Soul’s Descent into the Body. Las Vegas: Parmenides, 2012. Pp. 197. Paperback. $32. ISBN 9781930972773.
9. FN88) A. Ciriaci, L’Anonimo di Giamblico: Saggio critico e analisi dei frammenti. Naples: Bibliopolis, 2011. Pp. 238. Paperback. €30. ISBN 9788870886054.
10. FN99 ) J. M. Dillon and W. Polleichtner (ed. and trans.), Iamblichus of Chalcis: the Letters (Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2009), reviewed in last year’s Neoplatonism Book Notes. A translation of the most interesting preserved text, To Macedonius On Fate, already appeared in J. M. Dillon and L. P. Gerson, Neoplatonic Philosophy: Introductory Readings (Indianapolis: Hackett, 2004), 244-8.
11. FN1010) D. P. Taormina and R. M. Piccione, Giamblico: I frammenti dalle epistole. Introduzione, testo, traduzione e commento. Naples: Bibliopolis, 2010. €60. Paperback. Pp. 680. ISBN 978887088 6009.
12. FN1111) S. Klitenic Wear, The Teachings of Syrianus on Plato’s Timaeus and Parmenides. Leiden: Brill, 2011. Pp. 353. Hardback. €108. ISBN 9789004192904.
13. FN1212) E. Kutash, Ten Gifts of the Demiurge: Proclus on Plato’s Timaeus. London: Bristol Classical Press, 2011. Pp. 309. Hardback. $80. ISBN 9780715638545.
14. FN1313) From Cambridge University Press, edited by Harold Tarrant.
15. FN1414) S. Abhel-Rappe, Damascius’ Problems & Solutions Concerning First Principles. New York: Oxford, 2010. Pp. 529. Hardback. £65. ISBN 9780195150292.
16. FN1515) S. R. P. Gertz, Death and Immortality in Late Neoplatonism. Studies on the Ancient Commentaries on Plato’s Phaedo. Leiden: Brill, 2011. Pp. 223. Hardback. $133. ISBN 978900 4207172.
17. FN1616) P. Golitsis, Les Commentaires de Simplicius et de Jean Philopon à la Physique d’Aristote. Berlin: de Gruyter, 2008. Pp. 306. Hardback. €105/$157. ISBN 9783110195415.
18. FN1717) G’s book may thus be seen as one of two studies devoted to Simplicius published in 2008. The other is H. Baltussen, Philosophy and Exegesis in Simplicius. The Methodology of a Commentator (London: Duckworth, 2008), discussed in my 2009 Book Notes.
19. FN1818) P. Mueller-Jourdan, Gloses et commentaire du livre XI du Contra Proclum de Jean Philopon. Leiden: Brill, 2011. Pp. 236. Hardback. $147. ISBN 9789004202467.
20. FN1919) M. Share (trans.), Philoponus: Against Proclus on the Eternity of the World 9-11 (London: Duckworth, 2010), discussed in last year’s Book Notes.
21. FN2020) P. Huby and C. C. W. Taylor, Simplicius: On Aristotle Physics 1.3-4. London: Duckworth, 2011. Pp. 149. Hardback. £60. ISBN 9780715639214. Huby translates the commentary on ch. 3, Taylor the commentary on ch. 4.
22. FN2121) C. Wildberg (trans.), Philoponus: Against Aristotle on the Eternity of the World (London: Duckworth: 1987).
23. FN2222) R. J. Hankinson (trans.), Simplicius: On Aristotle On the Heavens 1.1-4 (London: Duckworth, 2002).
24. FN2323) I. Mueller (trans.), Simplicius: On Aristotle On the Heavens 1.2-3. London: Bristol Classical Press, 2011. Pp. 202. Hardback. £60. ISBN 9780715639207; id., Simplicius: On Aristotle On the Heavens 1.3-4. London: Bristol Classical Press, 2011. Pp. 192. Hardback. £60. ISBN 9780715640630.
25. FN2424) I. Kupreeva, Philoponus: On Aristotle Meteorology 1.1-3. London: Bristol Classical Press, 2011. Pp. 138. Hardback. £60. ISBN 9780715636763.
26. FN2525) I take the liberty of referring the reader to P. Adamson and P. E. Pormann, The Philosophical Works of al-Kindi (Karachi: Oxford University Press, 2012), 208-16. See further P. Lettinck, Aristotle’s Meteorology and its Reception in the Arab World (Leiden: Brill, 1999).
27. FN2626) A. Smith (trans.), Boethius: On Aristotle On Interpretation 1-3. London: Duckworth, 2010. Pp. 166. Hardback. £60. ISBN 9780715639184; id., Boethius: On Aristotle On Interpretation 4-6. London: Duckworth, 2011. Pp. 151. Hardback. £60. ISBN 9780715 639191.
28. FN2727) See D. Blank and N. Kretzmann, Ammonius and Boethius: On Aristotle On Interpretation 9 (London: Duckworth, 1998).
29. FN2828) T. Suto, Boethius on Mind, Grammar and Logic. A Study of Boethius’ Commentary on Peri Hermeneias. Leiden: Brill, 2012. Pp. 296. Hardback. $148. ISBN 9789004214187.
30. FN2929) A. Topchyan, David the Invincible: Commentary on Aristotle’s Prior Analytics. Leiden: Brill, 2010. Pp. 221. Hardback. €97/$138. ISBN 978004187191. For the earlier volume, discussed in my 2010 Book Notes, see V. Calzolari and J. Barnes (eds), L’oeuvre de David l’Invincible (Leiden: Brill, 2009).
31. FN3030) W. Kullmann, Naturgesetz in der Vorstellung der Antike, besonders der Stoa. Stuttgart: Franz Steiner, 2010. Pp. 189. Hardback. €39. ISBN 9783515096331.
32. FN3131) M. DelCogliano, Basil of Caesarea’s Anti-Eunomian Theory of Names: Christian Theology and Late-Antique Philosophy in the Fourth Century Trinitarian Controversy. Leiden: Brill, 2010. Pp. 300. Hardback. €110. ISBN 9789004183322.
33. FN3232) M. DelCogliano and A. Radde-Gallwitz (trans.), Basil of Caesarea: Against Eunomius (Washington DC: Catholic University Press, 2011).
34. FN3333) K. Corrigan, Evagrius and Gregory: Mind, Soul and Body in the 4th Century. Farnham: Ashgate, 2009. Pp. 245. Hardback. £60. ISBN 9780754616856.
35. FN3434) F. Ivanović, Symbol and Icon: Dionysius the Areopagite and the Iconoclastic Crisis. Eugene, Oregon: Pickwick, 2010. Pp. 116. Paperback. $14. ISBN 9781608993352.
36. FN3535) G. Clark, Body and Gender, Soul and Reason in Late Antiquity. Farnham: Ashgate, 2011. Pp. 330. Hardback. £80. ISBN 9781409423751. This is a collection of originally independent pieces, and there is some overlap between selections (especially between items VII and X, and XII and XIII).
37. FN3636) A. Nightingale, Once Out of Nature: Augustine on Time and the Body. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2011. Pp. 244. Hardback. $39. ISBN 9780226585758.
38. FN3737) X. Brouillette and A. Giavatto (eds), Les dialogues platoniciens chez Plutarque: Stratégies et méthodes exégétiques. Leuven: Leuven University Press, 2011. Pp. 164. Paperback. €59.50. ISBN 9789058678546.
39. FN3838) T. Bénatouïl, E. Maffi and F. Trabattoni (eds), Plato, Aristotle or Both? Dialogues between Platonism and Aristotelianism in Antiquity. Hildesheim: George Olms, 2011. Pp. 278. Paperback. €42.80. ISBN 9783487145457. The three previous volumes have appeared with other presses.
40. FN3939) R. Hard (trans.), C. Gill (introduction and notes), Marcus Aurelius: Meditations, with Selected Correspondence. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011. £7.99. Pp.176. ISBN 97801999573202.

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