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Porphyry

On Abstinence from Killing Animals (Ancient Commentators on Aristotle)

By Gillian Clark (Translated by), Gillian Clark (Translated by)

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Format: Paperback, 222 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 01 April 2014
Porphyry's On Abstinence from Killing Animals is one of the most interesting books from Greek antiquity for both philosophers and historians. In it, Porphyry relates the arguments for eating or sacrificing animals and then goes on to argue that an understanding of humans and gods shows such sacrifice to be inappropriate, that an understanding of animals shows it to be unjust, and that a knowledge of non-Greeks shows it to be unnecessary. There are no Neoplatonist commentaries on Aristotle's Ethics from the period AD 250-600. Thus, although this work is not a commentary on Aristotle, it fills a gap in this series by going to the heart of ethical debates among Neoplatonists around AD 300, and revealing one ascetic Neoplatonist's view of the ideal way of life. It also records rival positions taken on the treatment of animals by Greek philosophers over the previous six hundred years.

Table of Contents

Preface Introduction Textual Emendations TRANSLATION Notes Bibliography English-Greek Glossary Greek-English Index Index of Passages Cited Subject Index

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The ancient Greek commentators on Aristotle constitute a large body of Greek philosophical writings, not previously translated into European languages. This volume includes notes and indexes and forms part of a series to fill this gap.

About the Author

Gillian Clark is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Liverpool and Professor-elect of Ancient History, University of Bristol.

EAN: 9781780938899
ISBN: 1780938896
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Dimensions: 23.39 x 15.6 x 1.22 centimetres (0.27 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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