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Peter Adamson

Nice post, thanks. An interesting question that needs further reflection is why the Republic was so far down in the pecking order of dialogues in late antiquity (the only major engagement with it is Proclus' essays on it, note that not even he wrote a proper commentary as with the Timaeus, Parmenides etc). One reason may just be its sheer length. Think about copying this out by hand, or reading the whole Republic in a handwritten copy - no easy feats. Could it be that the Islamic world engaged with it more actively simply because they were presented with a manageable text, i.e. a summary of it, rather than the full ten book version?

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