Lives of the Eminent Philosophers

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Lives of the Eminent Philosophers

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Okt. 7, 2018, 11:02am

Who's been reading the new translation of Lives of the Eminent Philosophers? I'm about 2/3 of the way through it, and I find it very interesting. I've haven't gotten to all of the explanatory essays in the back yet. I'm no classicist, so I can't comment on how it is better/worse/different from the Loeb translation, but it is a lively read. One aspect of it that I really appreciate is Diogenes' lists of many of the subjects' books, almost all of which are now lost. Perhaps poignant is the right word to express my feelings about all of those lost books. Can you imagine how our knowledge of the classical world would be different if we could read all of those books?

Okt. 7, 2018, 11:05am

I often imagine waking to a staggering archeological find in which 100 lost plays of Sophocles are discovered.

Okt. 9, 2018, 8:52pm

That new translation looks worth pursuing. I've downloaded a sample to see if I want to spend $18 for the Kindle version. Thanks for the heads-up.

Okt. 10, 2018, 5:57am

Which new translation? Who's the translator?

Okt. 10, 2018, 10:49am

I believe they're referring to the new translation done by Pamela Mensch and published by Oxford earlier this year. Looks fascinating!

Bearbeitet: Okt. 22, 2018, 6:22pm

Thanks, Uru! It's really not much help referring to a title alone sans translator, editor or publisher when it comes to the classics...

Right, I must look for it in the morning. it seems reasonably priced (for Oxford). Is it likely to become the new Oxford World Classics? Those pre-OWC volumes seem normally to be far more overpriced. I'm pleased to see that a Kindle sample of Dorandi's edition of the Lives that the Mensch translation is based on allows you to read the entire textual history with footnotes, even if not any of the text.