Apuleius: Philosophical Works (Apulei Opera Philosophica)

ISBN : 9780198841418

Giuseppina Magnaldi
192 Pages
123 x 123 mm
Pub date
Dec 2019
Oxford Classical Texts
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This new critical edition aims to provide a new standard text of Apuleius' De Deo Socratis, De Platone et eius dogmate, and De mundo, allowing readers to get closer than ever before to the philosophical writings of the renowned orator, extraordinary prose stylist, and Platonist philosopher. Knowledge of these three works is crucial to understanding the reinterpretation and transmission of Greek philosophical thought in the Latin world: based on a new collation of the ancient manuscripts and scrupulous investigation of all previous editions, the Latin text presented here relies on a safer ms. basis than its predecessors. The enforcement of the criterion of the so-called 'signal-word' in particular has enabled improved solutions for many textual problems to be found, some older emendations to be confirmed, and previously unnoticed corruptions to be located and cogently healed, while the rich and detailed apparatus criticus selectively focuses on only plausible conjectures in doubtful passages. A fluent Latin praefatio offers a neat explanation of the principles which have been adopted throughout the edition, while also ably balancing comprehensive coverage of the main manuscript sources, their histories, and their relationships with lucidity and concision, despite the intricacy of the textual tradition.


Index editorum, interpretum, doctorum qui laudantur
Conspectus siglorum
Apulei Opera Philosophica
[De Deo Socratis]

De Platone et eius dogmate
De mundo
Appendix critica
Index nominum

About the author: 

Giuseppina Magnaldi is Professor of Classical Philology at the University of Turin (Italy), where she taught until 2018. She is a member of the scientific boards of the Revue d'Histoire des Textes, Lexis, and Fondazione Parini Chirio, and is also co-editor of the 'Minima Philologica' and 'Millennium' series for Edizioni dell'Orso. In December 2001 she was awarded the Italian Premiership's prize for culture 'for outstanding activity in essay-writing'; she has published many books and articles about the philosophical theory of oikeiosis and on the manuscript tradition and the constitutio textus of several Greek and Latin authors (including Galen, Cicero, Varro, Seneca, Suetonius, Tacitus, Gellius, and Apuleius), with special attention to the ancient marginal notes passed into the texts.

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