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From Plato to Platonism$
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Lloyd P. Gerson

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780801452413

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801452413.001.0001

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Numenius of Apamea

Numenius of Apamea

(p.208) Chapter 8 Numenius of Apamea
From Plato to Platonism

Lloyd P. Gerson

Cornell University Press

This chapter argues that Numenius of Apamea had had some substantial role to play in the development of Platonism. It investigates a work of his entitled On the Good, portions of which are preserved verbatim in Eusebius's Preparatio evangelica. In this work, evidently written in six books, Numenius offers his understanding of Plato's Idea of the Good. Nothing in the fragments suggests that he is thinking of Plato's public lecture on the Good, but then there is also nothing to indicate that he thought that such a lecture contained anything other than what could be gotten from the dialogues, the letters, and Aristotle's testimony.

Keywords:   Numenius of Apamea, On the Good, Idea of the Good, Plato, Aristotle, Pythagoras

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