Item description for Anicii Manlii Severini Boethii De Divisione Liber (Philosophia Antiqua, Vol 77) by Boethius & John Magee...
This volume provides a critical edition of Boethius' "De Divisione". The importance of Boethius' treatise is twofold: it was widely read in the medieval schools, and it preserves the only known vestiges of Porphyry's commentary on Plato's "Sophist" and of Andronicus' treatise on diaeresis. The book is in the following sections: prolegomena in three parts, dealing with the date, source, and text of "De Divisione"; critical text with apparatus and English translation; detailed philological and philosophical commentary.
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Ancius Boethius (c. A.D.480-524) was a Roman philosopher and is considered one of the last authentic representatives of the classical world, in both his life and writings. It is through Boethius' translations that the knowledge of Aristotle has survived in the West. Victor Watts read Classics and English at Merton College Oxford. He is Master of Grey College and part-time Senior Lecturer in the School of English and Linguistics at Durham University.