Aetiana: Laying Foundations for the Study of the History of Ancient Philosophy Part 2
ARC Discovery Grant (2009 - 2012)
Researchers: Professor David Runia; Prof Jaap Mansfeld (Utrecht University, Netherlands), Prof. Oliver Primavesi (University of Munich)
Our knowledge of ancient philosophy must be based on transmitted texts. Unfortunately almost all writings of the early Greek philosophers are lost, making us dependent on second-hand reports. An important source of information is the genre of doxography, brief systematically organized accounts of important doctrines attributed to individual philosophers. The project will uncover and produce the text of the most important ancient doxographer, Aetius, based on principles developed in our previous research. The resultant edition will supersede the work of Diels (1879) and be of inestimable value to all scholars working in the field of early Greek philosophy. The grant also includes an APA project on the vocabulary and syntax of doxographical Greek.