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Brian Marshall Duvick, PhD
University of Colorado, Colorado Springs (Colorado Springs, CO 80918-3733)

A Translation of Proclus’ 5th-Century Commentary on the Republic

An annotated English translation of Proclus' Commentary on the Republic from the 5th century CE, which discusses Plato’s Republic from the 4th century BCE.

I am working on the first English translation of Proclus' Commentary on the Republic (In Remp). Originally written in the 5th century C.E., the In Remp survived the closing of the Athenian Academy and the Neoplatonic flight to the Middle East, but only one medieval manuscript still exists today. Prior to the Renaissance, this was torn in two by an avaricious man, according to the modern editor, and sold to different collectors. Eventually, one half of the manuscript landed in the Laurentian Library in Florence, the other in the Vatican Library. Here they lay unnoticed for 400 years. My translation is based on Kroll’s modern Greek edition, which contains nearly 200 lacunae. Kroll simply identifies them as illegible. I intend to travel to Italy, fill in as many of the lacunae as possible and otherwise propose likely reconstructions. My translation of Proclus’ Commentary on the Republic will be the standard reference in the field for years to come.

Project fields:
Ancient History; Ancient Languages; History of Philosophy

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Total amounts:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2016 – 7/31/2016