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  • The Quest for the Good Life. Ancient Philosophers on Happiness. Oxford University Press, 2015. 318p. Hardback. There is an abundance of volumes on ancient ethics, but this one stands out in two ways. Firstly, it is not mainly about Aristotle, who is the canonical figure in ancient ethics, but also includes papers on Plato, Hellenistic schools, the Greek commentators, and Augustine. The inclusion of philosophers of late antiquity deserves special mention ... Secondly, this volume takes 'the notion of happiness as its primary focus' (5), where the intended contrast is presumably with volumes that focus primarily on virtue or excellence ... The greatest strength of this volume is that by shifting the focus from virtue to happiness it brings to light new issues, topics, and approaches, and shows that ancient ethics is richer, more complex and less homogeneous than is often assumed. Riin Sirkel, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews Online |a 22/07/2016 (Publisher's information). € 99.19 (New) (Printed on Demand)  (approx. delivery time: 4 weeks) ISBN: 9780198746980