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Nuptial Arithmetic: Marsilio Ficino's Commentary On The Fatal Number In Book Viii Of Plato's Republic
by Michael J. B. Allen
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The latest of Michael Allen's distinguished studies of the Renaissance Neoplatonist, Marsilio Ficino (1433-1499), presents a difficult, fascinating text. Late in his career, Ficino wrote a commentary on the intractable passage in Book VIII of Plato's Republic that concerns the mysterious geometric or "fatal" number. He was thus the first modern interpreter of this famous passage, and Allen is the first in our era to translate and elucidate his remarkable commentary.
Allen's critical translation of Ficino's analysis of the fatal number passage shows how it develops philosophical, psychological, numerological, astrological, and prophetic themes that had a particular resonance at the end of the fifteenth century.
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"Allen succeeds in clarifying Plato's words and meaning as no previous scholar has done or even attempted."--Paul Oskar Kristeller, Columbia University
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"Allen succeeds in clarifying Plato's words and meaning as no previous scholar has done or even attempted." (Paul Oskar Kristeller, Columbia University)
About the Author
Michael J. B. Allen is Professor of English and Director of the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. California has also published his castes: Marsilio Ficino's Interpretation of Plato's Sophist (1989), The Platonism of Marsilio Ficino (1984), Marsilio Ficino and the Phaedran Charioteer (1981), and Marsilio Ficino: The Philebus Commentary (1975).
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