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Olympiodorus of Alexandria: exegete, teacher, philosopher - 14-15/12/2017, Utrecht (Netherlands)


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Olympiodorus of Alexandria, who is often considered to have been the last leading, non-Christian philosopher of classical antiquity, has also been termed ‘the first classicist’ (Tarrant 1997). His place in the history of thought brings into focus issues of doctrinal difference and toleration, of the value of philosophical tradition, and of pedagogical concern for those coming of age in uncertain times. But there is more to Olympiodorus than the times in which he lived. His commentaries on Plato’s First Alcibiades, Gorgias and Phaedo, and on Aristotle’s Categories and Meteorology are now becoming better known and explored. Recent scholarship has also reopened the question of Olympiodorus’ philosophical calibre. There is reason enough, then, to try to present an all-round picture of Olympiodorus, as this conference intends to do.

FECHA/DATE/DATA: 14-15/12/2017

LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Utrecht University (Utrecht, Netherlands)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Albert Joosse

INFO: Olympiodorus2017@gmail.com

INSCRIPCIÓN/REGISTRATION/REGISTRAZIONE: Gratis/free/gratuito Deadline: 01/12/2017

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PROGRAMA/PROGRAM/PROGRAMMA:


Thursday December 14th


9.30-10.00 Coffee and Registration


10.00-10.15 Opening

10.15-11.00 Danielle Layne (Gonzaga) The Virtue of Double Ignorance in Olympiodorus


11.00-11.15 Break


11.15-12.00 Albert Joosse (Utrecht) Knowing Oneself in Olympiodorus

12.00-12.45 Pauliina Remes (Uppsala) Olympiodorus on the Human Being


12.45-14.00 Lunch


14.00-14.45 Maria Chriti (Thessaloniki/CHS) Olympiodorus of Alexandria on ‘Composition’ in Language and Thinking after Ammonius of Hermeias and John Philoponus

14.45-15.30 Bettina Bohle (Bochum) Olympiodorus and Hermeias on the Platonic Theory of Rhetoric


15.30-16.00 Break


16.00-16.45 François Renaud (Moncton) Reconciling Philosophy with Poetry: Olympiodorus’ Interpretation of the Gorgias Myth

16.45-17.30 Anne Sheppard (Royal Holloway) Olympiodorus on Drama



Friday December 15th


9.30-10.15 Cristina Viano (Paris, CNRS) Olympiodore, le commentaire des Météorologiques et l’alchimie gréco-alexandrine


10.15-10.30 Break


10.30-11.15 Simon Fortier (Liège) Olympiodorus and the Teaching of Transmigration

11.15-12.00 Péter Lautner (Budapest) Olympiodorus’ Notion of aesthêsis and its Context


12.00-13.30 Lunch


13.30-14.15 Sonsoles Costero Quiroga (Madrid) Scala virtutum in Proclus and Olympiodorus. Two Different Views about Grades of Knowledge in Late Neoplatonism

14.15-15.00 Michael Griffin (UBC) Olympiodorus on the Scale of Virtues


15.00-15.15 Break


15.15-16.00 Harold Tarrant (Newcastle, Australia) Special Kinds of Platonic Discourse: Does Olympiodorus Have a New Approach?


16.00-16.30 Closing discussion

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