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Aeschines of Sphettus / Aeschines Socraticus
Eschine di Sfetto. Tutte le testimonianze

F. Pentassuglio
approx. 400 p., 156 x 234 mm
ISBN: 978-2-503-57774-6
Languages: Italian, Greek
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The first Italian translation of all Aeschines’ fragments

This book contains a collection of Aeschines of Sphettus’ fragments, a first Italian translation of all testimonies, and a running philological commentary. The collection also includes a set of new testimonies which contribute to a deeper understanding of Aeschines’ dialogues.

Greek texts are introduced by a historical-philosophical essay which aims to define the role and highlight the relevance of Aeschines’ account as a source in Socratic philosophy. It deals with a number of issues regarding the philosopher’s biography and writings, such as his relationship with Socrates and Socratic heritage, his rhetorical activity and the problem of the authenticity of the dialogues. It also attempts to reconstruct the structure and philosophical content of the seven works ascribed to Aeschines.

The book aims to place Aeschines’ account within the wider framework of ancient Socratic literature. Thus, special attention is paid to parallels between Aeschines’ dialogues and other sources on Socrates, namely Plato, Xenophon and Antisthenes. Regarding the Alcibiades and the Aspasia, it raises raises the issue of the role played by eros in Socrates’ pedagogical activity. It also addresses some topoi of Socratic dialogues such as the role of wealth, the relationship between virtue and knlowledge and the care of the self.

Francesca Pentassuglio received her Ph.D in Philosophy from the Sapienza University of Rome in 2015 and is currently Teaching Assistant for History of Ancient Philosophy at the same University. Her research interests include 4th-century Socratic literature and Ancient Ethics, particularly the relationship between eros and paideia.

She has published several journal articles and papers devoted to Aeschines’ dialogues, Xenophon’s Socratic writings and Plato. Her works appeared in "Elenchos", "Méthexis" and "Giornale Critico della filosofia italiana".
Interest Classification:
Classical Philosophy
Classics, Ancient History, Oriental Studies

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