Theory and Didactic in Olympiodorus and the Alexandrian School: A discussion of two new translations

Albert Joosse*

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This review article considers two recent Italian and English translations of works by Olympiodorus of Alexandria and his immediate successors (sixth century ce). These translations make accessible to a wider audience a number of works that help us understand a transitional period in the history of thought. This review takes a closer look at some of the substantive views expressed by the translators and evaluates editorial and translation choices. We should beware of exaggerating the differences between these sixth-century philosophers, this review argues, while recognizing that there may be considerable distance between what they thought and what the surviving texts show.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)341-353
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Olympiodorus
  • Elias
  • David
  • Didactic
  • Commentary
  • Platonism

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