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Protrepticus (Ancient Greek: Προτρεπτικός) may refer to: Protrepsis and paraenesis, two closely Christian conversion by Clement of Alexandria; Protrepticus, a work by the Neoplatonist Iamblichus; Protrepticus, one of the Idyllia of Ausonius. Iamblichus was a Syrian Neoplatonist philosopher of Arab origin. He determined the direction that would later be taken by Neoplatonic philosophy. He was also the biographer of Pythagoras, a Greek mystic, philosopher and mathematician. Aside from Iamblichus’ own philosophical contribution, his Protrepticus is of. The Protrepticus of Iamblichus (about AD before ), priestly reformer of Neoplatonism and commentator on Aristotle, is an exhortation to philosophy.

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The Protrepticus was an early work of Aristotle, written while he was still a member of Plato’s Academy, but it soon became one of the most famous works in the whole history of philosophy. Unfortunately it was not directly copied in the middle ages and so did not survive in its own manuscript tradition.

But substantial fragments of it have been preserved in several works by Iamblichus of Chalcis, protreptkcus third century A. On the basis of a close study of Iamblichus’ extensive use and excerption of Aristotle’s Protrepticusit is possible to reconstruct the backbone of the lost work, and then to flesh it out with the other surviving reports about the work from antiquity for example in Alexander of Aphrodisias and other ancient commentators on Aristotle.


It is also possible to identify several papyrus fragments of the work, and many references and literary allusions in later authors, especially Cicero, whose own lost dialogue Hortensius was a defense of philosophy modeleld on Aristotle’s. Inwe began a project to reconstruct the lost work by reevaluating all the possible sources of iamblichuz for it. We post regular updates about the project on our blogwhere you can access a quick introduction to the project.

A good place to start is with the latest version of the provisional reconstruction. If you have been assigned to read Aristotle’s Protrepticus in a course, this is probably what you are looking iamblicbus. For those looking for more detail about our methods of reconstruction and the basis of evidence, you will find on this website our working files on a new critical Greek edition, translation, commentary, and reconstruction of Aristotle’s Protrepticus.

Protrepticus: The first English translation of Iamblichus’ Protrepticus

From the table of contents page, you will be able to access drafts of iamblichks parts of the book. From the evidence page, you may find links to critical editions, along with translations and commentaries on the ancient evidence.


From the essays page you may access our ‘Authenticating Aristotle’s Protrepticus ‘, published in Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy For those wanting to iamblcihus more about the philosophical context of Protreptocus Protrepticusyou may be interested in the unpublished essays ‘The Antidosis of Iamblichus and Aristotle’s Protrepticus ‘ and ‘Protreptic Aspects of Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics’.

You may be looking for: The latest news at our blog. The most recent version of our provisional reconstruction. The table of contents of the edition, translation, and commentary. An overview of the evidence.

Iamblichus: Exhortation to Philosophy : Iamblichus :

One of our essays. We invite and appreciate feedback: Hutchinson University of Toronto doug.

Welcome The Protrepticus was an early work iamvlichus Aristotle, written while he was still a member of Plato’s Academy, but it soon became one of the most famous works in the whole history of philosophy.