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The Enneads of Plotinus: A Commentary,…

The "Enneads" of Plotinus: A Commentary, Volume 1

by Paul Kalligas

Other authors: Elizabeth Key Fowden (Translator), Nicolas Pilavachi (Translator)

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This is the first of the three volumes in which Paul Kalligas’ modern Greek commentary on the Enneads of Plotinus is being translated into English. Kalligas’ work on the sixth Ennead is still under way, but his modern Greek translations with commentary of the first five Enneads have been published by the Academy of Athens in several volumes over the past twenty years. The first volume of the English translation contains the commentary on the first three Enneads.

Scholars who work on Plotinus know Kalligas’ original modern Greek commentaries and tend to consult them regularly. But until now they have been accessible only to specialists, and even the specialists have had trouble finding them, since few libraries own them, and they cannot be easily acquired otherwise. With their translation, Elizabeth Key Fowden and Nicolas Pilavachi have finally made available to the public what is generally considered the most informative, and even-handed commentary on the complete Enneads.

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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 069115421X, Hardcover)

This is the first volume of a groundbreaking commentary on one of the most important works of ancient philosophy, the Enneads of Plotinus--a text that formed the basis of Neoplatonism and had a deep influence on early Christian thought and medieval and Renaissance philosophy. This volume covers the first three of the six Enneads, as well as Porphyry's Life of Plotinus, a document in which Plotinus's student--the collector and arranger of the Enneads--introduces the philosopher and his work. A landmark contribution to modern Plotinus scholarship, Paul Kalligas's commentary is the most detailed and extensive ever written for the whole of the Enneads.

For each of the treatises in the first three Enneads, Kalligas provides a brief introduction that presents the philosophical background against which Plotinus's contribution can be assessed; a synopsis giving the main lines and the articulation of the argument; and a running commentary placing Plotinus's thought in its intellectual context and making evident the systematic association of its various parts with each other.

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