Plato. Ion Or: On the Iliad


On the basis of a fresh collation of the four primary manuscripts, this book presents a revised text of Plato's Ion, with full apparatus criticus. The commentary has a strong linguistic orientation; it includes discussions of Platonic vocabulary. Linguistic considerations are also the leading principle in the choice of one MS reading rather than another. Drawing on Byzantine practices and theories, the book pays special attention to questions of punctuation, an area too often ignored in editions of classical texts. The extensive introduction deals with, inter alia, Plato's attack on poetry, the position of the Ion in the corpus Platonicum—rather late, this book argues—, the title(s) of the dialogue, the reasons why MS Venetus 189 should be considered a primary MS, and the text of the Homeric quotations in the Ion.
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Biographical Note

Albert Rijksbaron, Ph.D. 1976, is Emeritus Professor of Ancient Greek Linguistics, Universiteit van Amsterdam, and presently a Research Fellow at the same university. His publications include The Syntax and Semantics of the Verb in Classical Greek, Grammatical Observations on Euripides' Bacchae, and The Kellis Isocrates Codex (with K.A. Worp).

This is a remarkable book. Not only is it arguably the most important work ever written on the Ion, scholars interested in Plato's dialogues generally should find it indispensable as a philological aid. Robert Mayhew in Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2008.07.46

Plato: Ion or: On the Iliad, edited with Introduction and Commentary should now take its place as the prime point of reference for all those who aim at doing serious work on Plato’s poetics in general and the Ion in particular. Suzanne Stern-Gillet in The International Journal of the Platonic Tradition 3, 2009

Albert Rijksbaron has produced an indispensible scholarly edition of Plato’s Ion , with a new text based on a collation in situ of the primary manuscripts and a commentary whose “strong linguistic orientation” (x) and careful philology shed new light on nearly every line of the dialogue. [...] anyone who has taught Ion or who
has tackled
Ion while learning Greek will find Rijksbaron’s work invaluable. Hardy Hansen in Classical World 102.3 (2009)

This is undoubtedly the most important commentary on the dialogue ever to have been written [...] I find Rijksbaron’s commentary to be thorough and sound. All in all, this is now the standard edition, and short of some unforeseeable revolution will remain so for decades to come. This is a stupendous work of scholarship. Robin Waterfield in The Heythrop Journal LI (2010)

This is a detailed, technical study of a single text. [...] the ideal reader is interested in the pragmatics of Greek prose, the history of Greek punctuation, Plato's style, or textual criticism (the establishment of a text from its sources) -- preferably all of these. For such a reader the book is fascinating.[...] Readers interested in Plato's style [...] , or in the grammar, pragmatics, or editing of classical Greek prose, surely will not be [diappointed]. Anne Mahoney in LINGUIST 2009.1.15

Classical scholars and (advanced) students of classics; students of Plato and Ancient Philosophy; textual critics; students of poetics.