Lyco of Troas and Hieronymus of Rhodes: Text, Translation, and Discussion

Lyco of Troas and Hieronymus of Rhodes: Text, Translation, and Discussion

by Stephen White


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Volume 12 in the RUSCH series continues work already begun on the School of Aristotle. It focuses on two Peripatetic philosophers who lived in the third century BCE, when Stoicism and Epicureanism flourished. Lyco of Troas was the third head of the Peripatos after Aristotle. Hieronymus of Rhodes was a member of the school and an antagonist of Lyco.

Excellence in teaching was Lyco's distinguishing attribute, but he also attracted benefactors and had the reputation of being a bon vivant. Hieronymus is best known for his work on ethics, but he also wrote on literature, history, and rhetoric. Our understanding of the work being done in the Peripatos during the third century BCE will be greatly enhanced by Peter Stork's new edition of Lyco and Stephen White's edition of Hieronymus.

The two editions in this volume are accompanied by full translations as well as notes on the Greek and Latin texts (an apparatus criticus) and substantive notes that accompany the translation. The editions will replace those of Fritz Wehrli, which were made over half a century ago and published without an accompanying translation. In addition to the two editions, this volume includes ten essays that address significant themes presented by the texts. Three of the essays deal with biographical material: "Diogenes Life of Lyco" (J orgen Mejer), "Hieronymus in Athens and Rhodes" (Elisabetta Matelli), and "Peripatetic Philosophers as Wandering Scholars" (Peter Scholz). Four develop philosophical topics: "Hieronymus of Rhodes on Vision" (Todd Ganson), "The Historical Setting of Hieronymus fr. 10 White" (Peter Lautner), "Peripatetic Reactions to Hellenistic Epistemology" (Hans Gottschalk), and "Lyco and Hieronymus on the Good Life" (Stephen White). Three concern rhetoric and literature: "Lyco Phrastikos" (William Fortenbaugh), "Hieronymus on Isocrates' Style" (David Mirhady), and "Hieronymus in Ancient Commentaries on Hesiod's Shield" (Andrea Martano).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780765802538
Publisher: Transaction Publishers
Publication date: 03/31/2004
Series: Rutgers University Studies in Classical Humanities Series , #12
Pages: 470
Product dimensions: 6.36(w) x 9.44(h) x 1.66(d)

About the Author

William W. Fortenbaugh is professor emeritus of classics at Rutgers University. He founded the Rutgers University Studies in Classical Humanities (RUSCH) series and is the current series editor.



Date of Birth:

August 20, 1951

Place of Birth:

Long Island, New York


B.A., UC Berkeley, 1972; M.A., University of Colorado, Boulder, 1975; Ph.D., 1979

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Contributors xi
1. Lyco o f Troas: The Sources, Text and Translation
Peter Stork 1-78
2. Hieronymus of Rhodes: The Sources, Text and
Stephen White 79-276
3. The Life of Lyco and the Life of the Lyceum
Jorgen Mejer 277-287
4. Hieronymus in Athens and Rhodes
Elisabetta Matelli 289-314
5. Peripatetic Philosophers as Wandering Scholars: Some
Historical Remarks on the Socio-Political Conditions
of Philosophizing in the Thrid Century bce
Peter Scholz 315-353
6. Third-Century Peripatetics on Vision
Todd Stuart Ganson 355-362
7. The Historical Setting of Hieronymus ff. 10 White
(= ff. 53 Wehrli)
Peter Lautner 363-374
8. Peripatetic Reactions to Hellenistic Epistemology
Hans B. Gottschalk 375-388
9. Lyco and Hieronymus on the Good Life
Stephen White 389-409
viii Contents
10. Lyco Comments on Ten Texts
William W Fortenbaugh 411-441
11. Hieronymus on Isocrates’ Style
David C. Mirhady 443-456
12. Hieronymus
Andrea Mariano 457-474
Appendix of Visual Material 475-480
Index of Ancient Sources for Chapters 3-12

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