History of Ancient Philosophy

Supplementary Texts



Readings in Ancient Greek Philosophy: From Thales to Aristotle,
S. Marc. Cohen, Patricia Curd, and C. D. C. Reeve.

This is the now standard anthology from Thales to Aristotle. It is organized chronologically. The Presocratics are first, followed by the Sophists, Plato, and concluding with Aristotle. The translations are modern, and the selections are reasonable. This anthology is a good choice for the student who wants more modern translations than those in the Perseus Digital Library but does not wish to own complete works. (It does not contain texts for the Hellenistic philosophers.)


A Presocratics Reader. Selected Fragments and Testimonia,
Edited, with Introduction, by Patricia Curd.
Translations by Richard D. McKirahan and Patricia Curd.

This is a set of translations of and short introductions to the Presocratics and the Sophists.


Philosophy Before Socrates,
Richard D. McKirahan, Jr.

This is a set of translations and detailed commentary on the Presocratics. The commentary is sensible. This is the now standard work on the Presocratics. It does not contain the Greek texts.


Early Greek Philosophy,
Edited and translated by André Laks Glenn W. Most.

This work is in nine volumes. It contains translations and the Greek texts for the Presocratics and the Sophists. These volumes are essential reference works.


Plato. Complete Works,
John Cooper.

This is the now standard collection of translations of Plato's works. There are translations of individual works I prefer to the ones included in this set, but there is no superior complete set of translations in English.


Complete Works of Aristotle,
Jonathan Barnes.

This is the now standard collection of translations of Aristotle's works. There are translations of individual works I prefer to the ones included in this set, but there is no superior complete set of translations in English.


Hellenistic Philosophy. Introductory Readings,
Brad Inwood and L. P. Gerson.

This is the standard anthology of texts for the Hellenistic philosophers. It is has selections from the three main Hellenistic schools. The first part of the book is devoted to Epicureanism, the second part to Stoicism, and the third part to Skepticism. The selections are reasonable, and the translations are modern. Further, because the sources for the Hellenistic philosophers are scattered in many different authors, this anthology is a useful reference work.


The Hellenistic Philosophers.
Volume I. Translations of the Principal Sources, with Philosophical Commentary.
Volume II. Greek and Latin Texts, with Notes and Bibliography,
A. A. Long and D. N. Sedley.

These volumes are the now standard set of translations, collection of Greek texts, and commentary on the Hellenistic philosophers. The texts are organized in rough chronological order. Early Pyrrhonism is first, followed by Epicureanism, Stoicism, the Academics, and finishing with the Pyrrhonist revival. This is an essential reference work. The selections and commentary are reasonable, and the Greek texts are difficult to find elsewhere.




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