Book Series Studia Artistarum, vol. 45

Alexander of Aphrodisias in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance

Pietro B Rossi, Matteo Di Giovanni, Andrea Aldo Robiglio (eds)

  • Pages: 223 p.
  • Size:156 x 234 mm
  • Illustrations:3 col.
  • Language(s):English, Italian, French
  • Publication Year:2021

  • ISBN: 978-2-503-58827-8
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An original thinker in his own right and the greatest ancient commentator on Aristotle, Alexander of Aphrodisias (fl. 200 AD) contributed in a crucial way to canonize Aristotle as an indispensable reference for philosophy of all times.


The greatest ancient interpreter of Aristotle, Alexander of Aphrodisias (fl. 200 AD) exerted a profound and enduring influence upon philosophy from Boethius until the modern era. Alexander’s interpretations laid the foundation for multiple philosophical views which were promoted as quintessentially Aristotelian by both Islamic and Latin thinkers throughout the Middle Ages. In the Renaissance, the University of Padua, a leading center of philosophical education and thought, established a scholarly tradition named “Alexandrinism” after him.

Paolo Accattino (1950-2015), a distinguished scholar of Alexander, made many noteworthy advancements to the field. With the aim of honoring Accattino’s memory, lifelong colleagues and associates P. Donini and L. Bertelli discuss his contributions. They are joined by a cohort of scholars (A. Bertolacci, M. Di Giovanni, J. Biard, A. Corbini, E. Rubino, L. Silvano, B. Bartocci, P.D. Omodeo, F. Iurlaro) who explore various key elements of Alexander’s legacy from Ibn Sīnā to Hugo de Groot. The volume presents new understandings concerning the reception of Alexander, offers new lines of inquiry, and opens potential avenues of research regarding his medieval and Renaissance afterlife.


Lucio Bertelli, Paolo Accattino lettore della Politica di Aristotele

Pierluigi Donini, Paolo Accattino interprete del De intellectu di Alessandro di Afrodisia

Amos Bertolacci, "The Excellent among the Earlier Scholars": Alexander of Aphrodisias in Avicenna’s Metaphysics

Matteo DI Giovanni, New Wine in Old Vessels: Alexander of Aphrodisias as a Source for Averroes’ Metaphysics

Joël Biard, L’alexandrisme comme rationalité philosophique

Amos Corbini, “Alexander of Aphrodisias” in the Medieval Latin Tradition of the Posterior Analytics: Some Remarks

Elisa Rubino, Alberto il Grande e il commento ai Meteorologica di Alessandro di Afrodisia

Luigi Silvano, (Pseudo-)Alexander of Aphrodisias between the Middle Ages and the Renaissance: Notes on the Afterlife of the Medical Puzzles and Physical Problems 

Barbara Bartocci, Topics and Syllogistic: Agostino Nifo Reading Alexander of Aphrodisias

Pietro Daniel Omodeo, Presence/Absence of Alexander of Aphrodisias in Renaissance Cosmo-Psychology

Francesca Iurlaro, Hugo Grotius’ Translation of Alexander of Aphrodisias’ De fato in His Philosophorum sententiae de Fato (1648)