Isagogical Crossroads from the Early Imperial Age to the End of Antiquity


Volume Editors: Anna Motta and Federico M. Petrucci
This book explores how introductory methods shaped school practice and intellectual activity in various fields of thought of the Early Imperial Age and Late Antiquity. The isagogical crossroads—the intersection of philosophical, philological, religious and scientific introductory methods—embody a fascinating narrative of the methods regulating ancient readers' approach to authoritative texts and disciplines. The strongly innovative character of this book consists exactly in the attempt to explore isagogical issues in a wide-ranging and comprehensive perspective—from philosophy to religion, from medicine to exact sciences—with the aim of detecting connections, reciprocal influences, and interactions shaping the intellectual environment of the Early Imperial Age and Late Antiquity.

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Anna Motta (Ph.D. 2012, Salerno) teaches Ancient Philosophy at the University of Naples “Federico II” and was the PI of a DFG project devoted to isagogical issues at the Freie Universität Berlin. She published the volumes Prolegomeni alla filosofia di Platone (Rome 2014) and λόγους ποιεῖν. L’eredità platonica e il superamento dell’aporia dei dialoghi (Naples 2018).

Federico M. Petrucci (Ph.D. 2012, Pisa) teaches Ancient Philosophy at the University of Turin. He is interested especially in Plato and the Platonist tradition, and his publications include a monograph on Taurus of Beirut (London & New York 2018) and a commented edition of Plato's Timaeus (Milan 2022).

Introduction: Towards the Isagogical Crossroads
Anna Motta and Federico M. Petrucci

1 Isagogical Conceptions in the Peripatetic Exegesis of the Post-Hellenistic Age: Aspasius and the Others
Federico M. Petrucci

2 A Middle-Platonist Plato: Introductory Schemata and the Construction of a System in Diogenes Laertius
Franco Ferrari

3 The Nature of Apuleius’ De Platone: An Isagoge?
Justin A. Stover

4 Isagogic Patterns in Porphyry (Isagoge and Vita Plotini)
Irmgard Männlein-Robert

5 From the Stoic Division of Philosophy to the Reading Order of Plato’s Dialogues
Anna Motta

6 Interpretive Strategies in Proclus’ Isagogical Remarks on the Timaeus
Gerd Van Riel

7 Eusebius and the Birth of Christian Isagogical Literature
Sébastien Morlet

8 Prolegomena to Medicine: The Role of the Hippocratic Aphorismi
Giulia Ecca

9 Isagogical Questions in Hipparchus’ Commentary on the Phaenomena
Victor Gysembergh

10 Musical Eisagōgai
Eleonora Rocconi

Appendix: Gaudentius, Introduction to Harmonics. Introduction and Translation
Andrew Barker

General Index
Index Locorum
All interested in the post-Hellenistic and late antique philosophy and anyone concerned with the formation of religious and scientific thought in antiquity.