Angelo Poliziano's Lamia: Text, Translation, and

In 1492, Angelo Poliziano released his Lamia, a praelectio, or starting oration to a direction he may train that educational 12 months on Aristotle s past Analytics on the Florentine collage. Having heard murmurings that he was once now not thinker sufficient to coach the Aristotelian textual content, Poliziano moves again, supplying in impact a fable-tinted heritage of philosophy. greater than a repudiation of neighborhood gossip, the textual content represents a rethinking of the challenge of philosophy. This quantity bargains the 1st English translation, an version of the Latin textual content, and 4 reports that set this wealthy instance of humanist Latin writing in context.

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Nihil prius discipulos suos docuit quam tacere” (“the first thing he taught his students was to be silent”). Poliziano has an ancient source in mind, yet he goes in a dif- 47 Section numbers, in parentheses, indicate the numbers as given in the text and translation in this volume. ,” 22. poliziano’s lamia in context 19 ferent direction, since one obviously cannot tell “stories” by remaining silent. From the beginning of the praelectio, then, Poliziano sets the tone: he will imitate his ancient sources, but he will not follow them blindly; he will copy but not copy; he will comment but not compile.

1094b11–1095a13. 36 christopher s. ” This choice on Poliziano’s part is noteworthy for at least three reasons. First, Poliziano has before him Iamblichus’s Protrepticus, a text from which he had drawn the lion’s share of the Pythagorean sayings of which he had earlier made sport. 86 Third, Poliziano is intent on using a recondite source of which many of his targets (the “philosophers” teaching at the Florentine university) would most likely have been unaware. 87 There are those who live bound in a cave.

Now he states his opponents’ core objection: in their view, his decision to switch disciplines and teach Aristotle seems unwarranted, since he knows nothing about philosophy (68). ): “. . for three years now you’ve been calling yourself a philosopher, even though you had never before paid any attention to philosophy. ” 89 Epictetus’s Encheiridion had been cobbled together from Epictetus’s Discourses, themselves gathered by a faithful disciple, Arrian of Nicomedia, in the second century AD. See P.

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