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Victor Caston

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198815655

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198815655.001.0001

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Plato Systematized: Doing Philosophy In The Imperial Schools

Plato Systematized: Doing Philosophy In The Imperial Schools

A Discussion of Justin A. Stover (ed.), A New Work by Apuleius1

(p.215) Plato Systematized: Doing Philosophy In The Imperial Schools
Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy, Volume 53

Mauro Bonazzi

Oxford University Press

The paper is an examination of an anonymous Latin text, which has been tentatively attributed by its editor, Justin A. Stover, to Apuleius. This text contains the summaries of several of Plato’s dialogues, but its proper function seems to be the identification of the main doctrines that constitute his philosophical system. Clearly it is a typical school product, whose content belongs to Middle Platonism. But it also presents some interesting and distinctive features. Particularly noteworthy is the heavy presence of Stoic terms and doctrines and the emphasis on Plato’s political philosophy. These can be paralleled with what we read in Apuleius’ De Platone et eius dogmate. At the same time there are also some important differences which complicate the hypothesis of Apuleian authorship.

Keywords:   Apuleius of Madaura, Middle Platonism, Stoicism, assimilation to God, Plato’s political philosophy

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