The Republic of the Demiurge - textual community and the commentary tradition in late antique Platonism

  • Baltzly, Dirk (Primary Chief Investigator (PCI))
  • Pass, David (Chief Investigator (CI))

Project: Research

Project Details

Project Description

This project has two main aims. First, it will further advance our knowledge of late antique Platonism (200-600 CE) by producing a translation and commentary on a significant and difficult ancient Greek text from the period - Proclus' Commentary on Plato's Republic. Second, it will also produce a book of an interdisciplinary nature that seeks to make the study of late antique Platonism more relevant to contemporary philosophy. This book will analyse the Platonic schools as textual communities and will argue that both the form and content of the neoplatonic commentary tradition makes sense when we understand the role their written works play in maintaining textual communities.
Effective start/end date3/01/1231/12/14


  • Australian Research Council (ARC): A$265,000.00
  • University of Tasmania