From Athens to Alexandria: Reconsidering the Prehistory of Neoplatonism
December 15, 2022
Lecture will take place on Zoom
7-9pm Athens & Alexandria
12-2pm New York
The period between the first century BCE and First century CE continues being one of the most obscure periods in the history of Platonism. There is no doubt, however, that some of the most important developments in the reading of Platonic texts (foremost, the beginning of a “dogmatic” reading of Plato) took place during that era. In my talk, I will attempt to discuss the beginnings of the “dogmatic” reading of Plato, customarily associated with Antiochus’ movement of the “Old Academy” in Athens, parallel with developments in Alexandria in the late first century BCE and beginning of first century CE, represented by figures like Eudorus and Arius Didymus. Through the tracing of similarities and differences between the approaches of these figures, the question as to whether Alexandrian scholars signified a “new beginning” in the history of Platonism during this time will be re-examined.
Georgia Tsouni (University of Crete)
Georgia Tsouni (PhD Cantab.) is Assistant Professor of Classics at the University of Crete. She is the author of the monograph “Antiochus and Peripatetic Ethics” (CUP, 2019) and of numerous articles on the history of the Academy, Aristotle’s ethics and politics and Hellenistic philosophy. Before coming to Crete, she has been a postdoctoral Research and Teaching Assistant to the Chair of History of Philosophy at the University of Bern, Switzerland, while in 2018-2019 she was an Assistant at the University of Basel.