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COLLINS, J. H.,
Exhortations to Philosophy. The Protreptics of Plato, Isocrates, and Aristotle.
Oxford University Press, 2015. 320p. Hardback. [Collins] succeeds in highlighting the carefulness by which fourth-century philosophers addressed possible students of their new form of education that required an unseen commitment to the art and challenged traditional values of political prestige. The book offers valuable new perspectives and refreshing insights about important texts, especially concerning the interplay of intradiegetic and extradiegetic narrative levels. Less attention is given to the problem of identifying the ideal reader of these texts, the study of which would be a useful supplement to contextualise the results of this welcome addition to the scholarship on the intellectual world of fourth-century Athens. Thomas G.M. Blank, The Classical Review |a 22/03/2019 (Publisher's information).
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