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Maria Sassi
University of Pisa
  1. Where Epistemology and Religion Meet What Do(Es) the God(s) Look Like?Maria Michela Sassi - 2013 - Rhizomata 1 (2):283-307.
    The focus of this essay is on Xenophanes’ criticism of anthropomorphic representation of the gods, famously sounding like a declaration of war against a constituent part of the Greek religion, and adopting terms and a tone that are unequalled amongst “pre-Socratic” authors for their directness and explicitness. While the main features of Xenophanes’ polemic are well known thanks to some of the most studied fragments of the pre-Socratic tradition, a different line of enquiry from the usual one is attempted by (...)
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  2. Ionian Philosophy and Italic Philosophy : From Diogenes Laertius to Diels.Maria Michela Sassi - 2011 - In Oliver Primavesi & Katharina Luchner (eds.), The Presocratics From the Latin Middle Ages to Hermann Diels. Steiner Verlag.
  3. Gli Inizi Della Filosofia, in Grecia.Maria Michela Sassi - 2009 - Bollati Boringhieri.
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    L’equilibrio dopo il movimento: percezione e conoscenza fra Democrito e i medici ippocratici.Maria Michela Sassi - 2018 - Elenchos 39 (2):187-204.
    This paper analyses chapter 58 of Theophrastus’ De sensibus, where Democritus’ account of phronein is famously presented. Democritus traces phronein to symmetria of the soul, that is conceived, in turn, as a state of thermic equilibrium, depending on his consideration of psyche as an aggregate of spherical and thin atoms flowing throughout the body and giving it life, movement, and perception. As a consequence, according to him, psychic states go hand in hand with changes in the body. In the following (...)
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    The Science of Man in Ancient Greece.Maria Michela Sassi - 2001 - University of Chicago Press.
    For this English translation, Sassi has rewritten the introduction and updated the text and references throughout, and Sir Geoffrey Lloyd has provided a new foreword.
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    The Self, the Soul, and the Individual in the City of the Laws.Maria Michela Sassi - 2008 - In Brad Inwood (ed.), Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy Xxxv: Winter 2008. Oxford University Press. pp. 125.
    The ideal which Plato consistently endorses and develops in the Laws is one of a city which, like the ideal soul, is perfectly at peace with its inner conflicts. The law is presented as a remedy for the destabilizing influence of the sensations and emotions which make every human being an individual, before he is a citizen. The authoritarian aspect of this remedy may worry contemporary readers, but Plato supports it with his presupposition regarding the extreme weakness of human nature. (...)
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    Review Of: Color-Terms in Social and Cultural Context in Ancient Rome by Rachael B. Goldman. [REVIEW]Maria Michela Sassi - 2015 - Classical World: A Quarterly Journal on Antiquity 108 (2):301-303.
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    How Musical Was Heraclitus’ Harmony? A Reassessment of 22 B 8, 10, 51 DK.Maria Michela Sassi - 2015 - Rhizomata 3 (1).
    This essay provides a comprehensive and detailed analysis of a cluster of Heraclitus’ fragments that revolve around an image of ‘musical’ harmony (B 8, 10, and 51 Diels-Kranz). The aim is to demonstrate that more numerous as well as more specific references to contemporary musical practice can be found in these fragments than is usually thought. In particular, it is argued that in his talk of cosmic harmonia Heraclitus might well know and exploit a musical sense of this word, namely, (...)
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    Color-Terms in Social and Cultural Context in Ancient Rome by Rachael B. Goldman.Maria Michela Sassi - 2015 - Classical World: A Quarterly Journal on Antiquity 108 (2):301-303.
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  10. Tracce Nella Mente: Teorie Della Memoria da Platone Ai Moderni.Maria Michela Sassi (ed.) - 2007 - Edizioni Della Normale.
    L’arte della memoria è uno degli archetipi della cultura occidentale fin dall’antica Grecia: è stato Platone ad ‘inventare’ l’immagine dell’anima come blocco di cera, su cui le sensazioni si imprimono come segni di sigilli; ed è stato poi Aristotele a riprendere in parte questo modello, arricchendolo però di temi fondamentali. Ma anche in epoche successive l’arte della memoria ha svolto una funzione fondamentale intrecciandosi a temi sia epistemologici che di schietta natura metafisica. Questo volume, frutto di un seminario tenuto alla (...)
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