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    Commentaries on Plato: Phaedrus and Ion v.1 (I Tatti Renaissance Library) (Hardback)(English / Latin) By (author) Marsilio Ficino, Edited by Michael J.B. Allen, Translated by Michael J.B. Allen

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    DescriptionMarsilio Ficino (1433-1499), the Florentine scholar-philosopher-magus, was largely responsible for the Renaissance revival of Plato. The publication of his Latin translations of the dialogues in 1484 was an intellectual event of the first magnitude, making the Platonic canon accessible to western Europe after the passing of a millennium and establishing Plato as an authority for Renaissance thought. This volume contains Ficino's extended analysis and commentary on the Phaedrus, which he explicates as a meditation on "beauty in all its forms" and a sublime work of theology. In the commentary on the Ion, Ficino explores a poetics of divine inspiration that leads to the Neoplatonist portrayal of the soul as a rhapsode whose song is an ascent into the mind of God. Both works bear witness to Ficino's attempt to revive a Christian Platonism and what might be called an "Orphic Christianity".


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    Title
    Commentaries on Plato: Phaedrus and Ion v.1
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Marsilio Ficino, Edited by Michael J.B. Allen, Translated by Michael J.B. Allen
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 432
    Width: 134 mm
    Height: 206 mm
    Thickness: 26 mm
    Weight: 522 g
    Language
    English
    Latin
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780674031197
    ISBN 10: 0674031199
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: PHI
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S2.1
    B&T Book Type: NF
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BIC subject category V2: HPCA
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN, CULT/GREECE
    B&T General Subject: 610
    Ingram Subject Code: PH
    Libri: I-PH
    DC22: 184
    BISAC V2.8: PHI002000
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Approval Code: A10201500
    BIC subject category V2: HPCB
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002010, HIS037020
    Abridged Dewey: 184
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15230
    LC classification: B395 .F4713 2008
    DC23: 184
    Thema V1.0: QDHA, QDHF
    Edition statement
    REV.
    Publisher
    HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Imprint name
    HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Publication date
    15 December 2008
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge, Mass
    Author Information
    Michael J. B. Allen is Distinguished Professor of English, University of California, Los Angeles, and the author of The Platonism of Marsilio Ficino.
    Review quote
    Occasionally, a book arrives on my desk that makes me absurdly happy. And in this miasmal winter of our fiscal discontent, I am grateful for such small serendipities...The first is Volume 1 of "Commentaries on Plato" by 15th-century Florentine scholar and magus Marsilio Ficino.--Martin Levin"Globe and Mail" (01/23/2009)