The paper is an examination of an anonymous Latin text, which has been tentatively attributed by his editor Justin A. Stover to Apuleius. This text contains the summaries of several Plato’s dialogues, but its proper function seems to be the selection of the main doctrines that constitute his philosophical system. Clearly it is a typical school product and its content refers to Middle Platonism. But it also presents some interesting and distinctive features. Particular noteworthy are the heavy presence of Stoic terms and doctrines and the emphasis on Plato’s political philosophy. These can be paralleled with what we read in Apuleius’ De Platone et eius dogmate. And yet there are also some important differences which complicate the hypothesis of an Apuleian authorship

Plato systematized: doing philosophy in the Imperial Schools / M. Bonazzi. - In: OXFORD STUDIES IN ANCIENT PHILOSOPHY. - ISSN 0265-7651. - 53(2018 Jan 18), pp. 215-236. [10.1093/oso/9780198815655.003.0006]

Plato systematized: doing philosophy in the Imperial Schools

M. Bonazzi
2018-01-18

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The paper is an examination of an anonymous Latin text, which has been tentatively attributed by his editor Justin A. Stover to Apuleius. This text contains the summaries of several Plato’s dialogues, but its proper function seems to be the selection of the main doctrines that constitute his philosophical system. Clearly it is a typical school product and its content refers to Middle Platonism. But it also presents some interesting and distinctive features. Particular noteworthy are the heavy presence of Stoic terms and doctrines and the emphasis on Plato’s political philosophy. These can be paralleled with what we read in Apuleius’ De Platone et eius dogmate. And yet there are also some important differences which complicate the hypothesis of an Apuleian authorship
Apuleius of Madaura; middle platonism; Stoicism; assimilation to God; Plato’s political philosophy
Settore M-FIL/07 - Storia della Filosofia Antica
14-dic-2017
OXFORD STUDIES IN ANCIENT PHILOSOPHY
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