Der Platoniker Tauros in der Darstellung des Aulus Gellius by Marie-Luise Lakmann

By Marie-Luise Lakmann

Aulus Gellius' debts of his stories in Athens are an enormous resource for the character of Taurus the Platonic thinker of the second century A.D. and in addition to, supply very important insights into the historical past of Platonic institution of that time.
The current paintings places jointly Gellius' studies at the center Platonist for the 1st time and — by way of its distinctive statement — bargains a brand new figuring out of contents, shape and strategies of his philosophical directions, of the connection among instructor and scholars, and of scholar existence within the 2d century A.D. mostly. by means of this implies quite a few themes in old philosophy, philology, technology, and pedagogics are dealt with.
Finally the implications hence received are mixed with all final literary and epigraphic facts, in order that a full of life portrait of Taurus as a philosophical instructor emerges. a set of stories and fragments touching on Taurus' lifestyles and paintings, a complete bibliography, and indices entire the paintings.

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Wir erfahren lediglich, daB Tauros eindrucksvoll und ausfiihrlich (graviter, copiose) dargestellt hat, was in den Schriften der "Alten" (in veterum libris) iiber den Zorn ausgesagt war undoffenbar daran anschlieBend-was er selbst zu diesem Thema in seinen Werken geschrieben hatte (in ipsius commentariis). Der Riickgriff auf die Meinung der Vorganger und die Sammlung verschiedener Ansichten als Grundlage fur die eigene Beantwortung bestimmter Fragen ist eine Methode, die sich in systematischer Form zuerst bei Aristoteles findet 17.

38 Vgl. Sen. Epist. 88,23; Mauch, Disciplina 32 ff; Kuhnert, Allgemeinbildung und Fachbildung 4 ff. 1; Morel, Disciplina 1216 f; Fuchs, EnkJ'klios Paideia 372 ff. 3 Plat. Staat 521 C ff; dazu Marrou 111 ff; Kuhnert, Allgemeinbildung und Fachbildung 112 ff. Vgl. auch Quintilian 2,1,3. 40 Diese vier Disziplinen erwahnt schon Archytas, Vorsokr. 47 B 1 (I 432,6-7 Diels-Kranz). Weitere Belege bei Levy, Gnomonica 302; Burkert, Weisheit und Wissenschaft 399. Vgl. auch Morel, Disciplina 1216 f; Fuchs, Enkyklios Paideia 365 f; Clarke, Higher Education 45 ff.

Anm. 40) nahezulegen scheint, ist umstritten. In seiner speziellen Bedeutung "mathematische Wissenschaften" ist Jla8i]Jla'ta erst in den Spatwerken Platons und bei Aristoteles belegt46. In einem Nachsatz weist Gellius darauf hin, daB das Wort mathematici im gewohnlichen Sprachgebrauch eine andere Bedeutung hat als bei den Pythagoreern. Dieser fiir die Textaussage unerhebliche Einschub beruht auf dem besonderen Interesse des Autors an der Sprache, an den verschiedenen Bedeutungen einzelner Worter und Begriffe sowie an den Unterschieden der Volks- und Gebildetensprache47.

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