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La costituzione dell’anima cosmica in Calcidio

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journal RIVISTA DI FILOSOFIA NEO-SCOLASTICA
issue RIVISTA DI FILOSOFIA NEO-SCOLASTICA - 2019 - 3
title La costituzione dell’anima cosmica in Calcidio
The Constitution of the Cosmic Soul in Calcidius
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publisher Vita e Pensiero
format Article | Pdf
online since 10-2019
doi 10.26350/001050_000128
issn 00356247 (print) | 18277926 (digital)
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Among the reasons that contribute to making the Commentary of Calcidius to the Timaeus a document of considerable interest, the question of the sources and the choice of the text, common to many medioplatonic commentators, should be considered. The Commentary is not only an interesting attestation of the exegesis of the Timaeus in the imperial age and of the presence of the reception of Platonism in the Latin world, but it is also a significant example of the non-integral translation of the Platonic text. The Latin commentator, as we will try to demonstrate in this contribution, seems to have a real exegetical intention: to express the demiurge’s point of view in the construction of the sensitive cosmos. Calcidius does not seem, in fact, to dedicate a relevant space to the description of the characteristics of the intelligible form in itself (species), but rather to its function as an exemplum, a model in the generation of the sensitive cosmos.

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Calcidius, Timaeus, Intelligible Form, Demiurge, Cosmos

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Università degli Studi di Salerno. Email: claudialocasto@hotmail.it

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