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Nuptial Arithmetic: Marsilio Ficino's Commentary on the Fatal Number in Book VIII of Plato's Republic

Allen, Michael J.B.

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ISBN 10: 0520081439 / ISBN 13: 9780520081437
Published by Univ of California Pr, Ewing, New Jersey, U.S.A., 1994
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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291 pages. Dust jacket slightly worn. Size: 8vo - otver 7¾" - 9¾" Tall. Bookseller Inventory # 614461

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Title: Nuptial Arithmetic: Marsilio Ficino's ...

Publisher: Univ of California Pr, Ewing, New Jersey, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1994

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Good

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The latest of Michael Allen's distinguished studies of the Renaissance Neoplatonist, Marsilio Ficino (1433-1499), presents a difficult, fascinating text. Late in his career, Ficino wrote a commentary on the intractable passage in Book VIII of Plato's Republic that concerns the mysterious geometric or "fatal" number. He was thus the first modern interpreter of this famous passage, and Allen is the first in our era to translate and elucidate his remarkable commentary.

Allen's critical translation of Ficino's analysis of the fatal number passage shows how it develops philosophical, psychological, numerological, astrological, and prophetic themes that had a particular resonance at the end of the fifteenth century.

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"Allen succeeds in clarifying Plato's words and meaning as no previous scholar has done or even attempted." (Paul Oskar Kristeller, Columbia University)

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