Ennead III.6: On the Impassivity of the Bodiless

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PREFACE

I was fortunate enough as an undergraduate at University College London to be taught Ancient Philosophy by David Furley. The group consisted of Tony Long, currently Professor of Classics at the University of California, Berkeley, the late Ray Selden, who went on to become Professor of English at the University of Lancaster, and myself. Over a two-year period, through a close reading of a wide range of Greek and Latin texts, we studied the Presocratics, Plato, Aristotle, the Stoics, and the Epicureans. Writing and discussion were to the fore, reading of secondary source material in the background. My second piece of good fortune was to be supervised for my M.A. thesis at the University of Liverpool by Hilary Armstrong, and later by Henry Blumenthal. Although my topic was 'Dualism in Later Plato', my interest in Plotinus was aroused by the work on Neoplatonism that my two supervisors were engaged in. My third stroke of luck was to be offered a fellow-commonership at St John's College Cambridge under the aegis of Malcolm Schofield, at the time when Michael Atkinson was a fellow-commoner at Selwyn College, completing his edition of Ennead V. 1. A sub- sequent move to permanent residence in Cambridge proved the catalyst for allowing me to develop my interest in Plotinus, and to formalize it in this book. It was on one occasion gently, and I hope humorously, suggested to me that only retired professors of Greek Philosophy should attempt to write about Plotinus. I hope that I have refuted that suggestion.

I am grateful to the following:

Anglia Polytechnic University, especially John Shepherd, Jenny Houghton, and David Isaac for their help in formulating and expediting the original proposal.

The Open University, especially Lorna Hardwick and Chris Emlyn-Jones, for their encouragement and financial support.

The Faculty of Classics at the University of Cambridge for their generosity in allowing me the use of the Faculty Library and access to postgraduate seminars.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Preface v
  • Contents vii
  • Abbreviations ix
  • Introduction xi
  • Sigla xxiii
  • Codices xxiv
  • Text and Translation 1
  • Synopsis 58
  • Commentary 71
  • Bibliography 299
  • Index Locorum 305
  • Index 312
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