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Table of Contents

Part I. Prolegomena to Aristotle’s Protrepticus

Varieties of evidence and possibilities of reconstruction; ‘evidence’ rather than numbered ‘fragments’; accretion of evidence to the reconstruction; degrees of confidence and provisional stages of reconstruction; the historical development of the evidence base and the scholarly conceptions of the work

Part II. Stages in this reconstruction of Aristotle’s Protrepticus

The need for stages; definite evidence; probable evidence; possible evidence; rejected evidence; further research

Part III. Aristotle’s Protrepticus: provisional reconstruction

Greek text with registers of parallels, facing English translation with scholarly headnotes

Part IV. Aristotle’s Protrepticus: provisional conclusions

Literary genre: ‘Ciceronian’ dialogue; length of dialogue; scene and setting; speakers of the dialogue; sequence of episodes and speeches; conclusion

Part V. The context of Aristotle’s Protrepticus: classical protreptic discourse

the roots of the genre; ancient works entitled Protrepticus; protreptic in the Socratic circle; protreptic discourses in Plato and Isocrates; modern recovery of Isocrates’ Antidosis; Isocrates and ‘philosophy’ in the early fourth century; Aristotle’s Protrepticus as a response to Isocrates’ Antidosis; Heraclides on Pythagoras as the first philosopher

Part VI. Aristotle’s Protrepticus and the Corpus Aristotelicum

Rhetoric I.5-7; On the Parts of Animals I.1 and I.5; Aristotle’s references to the exoterikoi logoi; Politics VII.1; Nicomachean Ethics I-IV and VIII-X; Eudemian Ethics I-III and VII-VIII; EE IV-VI = NE V-VII; Metaphysics I.1-2; Metaphysics II.1-3

Part VII. The evidence for Aristotle’s Protrepticus

Types of evidence; presentation of evidence; editorial conventions and translation conventions; Stobaeus; self-refutation arguments; Iamblichus; Proclus, papyrus evidence; other Greek authors; Cicero; other Latin authors; proverb collections; later ancient protreptics

Part VIII. Related texts

(alphabetical, by author of cover text): Cicero, Tusculan Disputations V.7-9 (citing Heraclides); Iamblichus, Protrepticus ch. Vb; Iamblichus, De Communi Mathematica Scientia ch. 24-25; De Vita Pythagorica ch. 12 (citing Heraclides)

Part IX. Bibliography

Part X. Indices

Index of sources; Index of ancient names; Index of Greek words; Index of subjects; Concordances among editions.

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