In this tutorial students participate in preparing the edition and translation of the sources for the sophist Protagoras of Abdera. Apart from Diogens Laërtius’ Vitae philosophorum and Plato’s Protagoras and Theaetetus, the material comprises passages from (for instance) Aristoteles, Epicurus, Cicero, Dionysius of Halicarnassus, Plutarch, Aelius Aristides, and Sextus Empiricus. Texts and translations already included in the first draft of the Sources for Protagoras (National Protagoras Society, Leiden 2007) will be checked, revised, and annotated. In addition we will collect (edit, translate, and annotate) new material, mainly from various commentaries on Plato and Aristotle (e.g. by Proclus, Olympiodorus; Syrianus, Alexander of Aphrodisias, Asclepius, Philoponus) and scholia (on Aristophanes, Plato, and Aristotle). Study of secondary literature on Protagoras, his cultural and philosophical context, and on the nature of the sources involved will be part of the activities.
The competence to collect, edit, analyse, and translate primary Greek (sometimes Latin) texts from different genres and periods and to annotate this material for a general public, in full awareness of the complications involved and the choices to be made. The interpretation of these texts requires a certain familiarity with the idiom involved and the cultural (including philosophical) context.
Oral and written presentation of a part of the material.
Students cooperate in preparing portions of the material and offer constructive criticism on the material produced by other participants.
Mode of instruction
Oral presentation(s) (25%),
active participation in class (25%),
paper (50%). When this class is taken for 5 ects, no final paper is required.
Distribution of material and communication between participants will be facilitated by the use of Blackboard.