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Authored by an interdisciplinary team of experts, including historians, classicists, philosophers and theologians, this original collection of essays offers the first authoritative analysis of the multifaceted reception of Greek ethics in late antiquity and Byzantium (ca. 3rd-14th c.), opening up a hitherto under-explored topic in the history of Greek philosophy. The essays discuss the sophisticated ways in which moral themes and controversies from antiquity were reinvigorated and transformed by later authors to align with their philosophical and religious outlook in each period. Topics examined range from ethics and politics in Neoplatonism and ethos in the context of rhetorical theory and performance to textual exegesis on Aristotelian ethics. The volume will appeal to scholars and students in philosophy, classics, patristic theology, and those working on the history of education and the development of Greek ethics.


‘These essays, highly readable and written by recognized and emerging authorities in the field, draw out the consistency and applicability of ethical questions through more than a millenium of Greek philosophy and literature. The editors skilfully bridge diverse periods and disciplines, and many contributions break new ground for future study. This collection should become a standard reference for future scholarship.'

Michael Griffin - University of British Columbia

‘… The Reception of Greek Ethics is an inspiring collection of texts spanning beliefs and centuries of philosophy.’

Jonas Christensen Source: Bryn Mawr Classical Review

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