Books and Ideas: The Library of Plato and the Academy
Place Published: New Castle (Delaware); Houten
Publisher: Oak Knoll Press; Hes & De Graaf Publishers; Aton
Date Published: 2013
Edition: First English edition
Book Id: 42172
273pp. Large octavo [25 cm] Rust-colored cloth over boards with the title stamped in gilt on the backstrip. In a dust jacket.
From the Publisher- "This publication examines the papyrus books collected by Plato himself, a habit which began when he was still 'studying' under Socrates and continued throughout his years of teaching in the Academy. The book deals extensively with the works of the Ionian and Eleatic Natural Philosophers, as well as of the Pythagoreans, which informed the composition of Plato's Dialogues. Furthermore, through this process the fabric of Sophistic literature composed at Athens is unfolded and the pioneers who introduced the study of Mathematics in the Academy are discussed in brief. Finally, a large chapter in the book deals with the architecture of the Academy, including topographical surveys and scale plans which reveal interesting facts about the ideas that went into its design, and the use of its facilities."