In 1879 the young German scholar Hermann Diels published his celebrated
Doxographi Graeci, (in which the major doxographical works of antiquity are collected and analysed). Diels' results have been foundational for the study of ancient philosophy ever since.
In their ground-breaking study the authors focus on the doxographer Aëtius, whose work Diels reconstructed from various later sources. First they examine the antecedents of Diels' Aëtian hypothesis. Then Diels' theory and especially the philological techniques used in its formulation are subjected to detailed analysis. The remainder of the volume offers a fresh examination of the sources for our knowledge for Aëtius. Diels' theory is revised and improved at significant points.
Subsequent volumes will examine the contents and methods of the doxographer and his antecedents in earlier Greek philosophy.
No scholar concerned with the history of ancient philosophy can afford to ignore this study.
David T. Runia, D.Litt, Free University Amsterdam, is Professor of Ancient Philosophy at the University of Leiden and C.J. de Vogel Extraordinary Professor of Ancient Philosophy at the University of Utrecht. He has published extensively in the area of ancient philosophy, including
Philo of Alexandria and the Timaeus of Plato (Brill, 1986) and
Philo and the Church Fathers (Brill, 1995).
Jaap Mansfeld, Ph.D. (1964) is Professor of Ancient and Medieval Philosophy at the University of Utrecht. He has published widely on ancient philosophy, its historiography and its reception, including
Prolegomena (Brill, 1994).