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A. Works of Ammonius in Greek and in Translation

  • Commentaria in Aristotelem Graeca (= CAG), H. Diels (ed.), Berlin, 1882–1909.
  • CAG IV 3, Ammonius in Porphyrii Isagogen sive V Voces, A. Busse (ed.), Berlin, 1891.
  • CAG IV 4, Ammonius in Aristotelis Categorias, A. Busse (ed.), Berlin, 1895. On Aristotle Categories, S. M. Cohen and G. B. Matthews (trans.), London and Ithaca, 1992. (Scholar)
  • CAG IV 5, Ammonius in Aristotelis De Interpretatione Commentarius, A. Busse (ed.), Berlin, 1897. Latin translations: Commentaire sur le Peri Hermeneias d’Aristote, traduction de Guillaume de Moerbeke, G. Verbeke (ed.), Louvain and Paris, 1961. Ammonius Hermeae, Commentaria in Peri hermeneias Aristotelis Übersetzt von Bartholomaeus Sylvanus, Neudruck der Ausgabe Venedig 1549, mit einer Einleitung von Rainer Thiel, Gyburg Radke und Charles Lohr (Commentaria in Aristotelem Graeca: versiones Latinae temporis resuscitatarum litterarum), Stuttgart-Bad Cannstatt, 2005. English translations: Aristotle’s Theory of Language and its Tradition: Texts from 500–1750. Selection, Translation and Commentary, H. Arens (trans.), Amsterdam 1984; On Aristotle’s On Interpretation 1–8, D. Blank (trans.), London and Ithaca 1996; Ammonius. On Aristotle’s On Interpretation 9: with Boethius. On Aristotle’s On Interpretation 9, D. Blank (trans.) (Ammonius) and N. Kretzmann (trans.) (Boethius). London and Ithaca, 1998; Blank’s translation (slightly revised by G. Seel and J.-P. Schneider) is also found in Seel 2000. Ammonius and the Seabattle: texts, commentary and essays (Peripatoi, Bd. 18), Berlin and New York, 2000. (Scholar)
  • CAG IV 6, Ammonii in Aristotelis Analyticorum Priorum Librum I Commentarium, M. Wallies (ed.), Berlin, 1899.
  • CAG VI 2, Asclepii in Aristotelis Metaphysicorum Libros A-Z Commentaria, M. Hayduck (ed.), Berlin, 1888.
  • L. Tarán, 1969. Asclepius of Tralles, Commentary to Nicomachus’ Introduction to Arithmetic, Transactions of the American Philosophical Society (n.s.), 59: 4. Philadelphia. (Scholar)
  • CAG XIII 1, Philoponi (olim Ammonii) in Aristotelis Categorias Commentarium, A. Busse (ed.), Berlin, 1898. [For further details on the commentaries of Philoponus, see the entry on Philoponus.]
  • CAG XIII 2, Ioannis Philoponi in Aristotelis Analytica Priora Commentaria, M. Wallies (ed.), Berlin, 1905.
  • CAG XIII 3, Ioannis Philoponi in Aristotelis Analytica Posteriora Commentaria cum Anonymo in Librum II, M. Wallies (ed.), Berlin, 1909.
  • CAG XIV 1, Ioannis Philoponi in Aristotelis Meteorologicorum Librum Primum Commentaria, M. Hayduck (ed.), Berlin, 1901.
  • CAG XIV 2, Ioannis Philoponi in Aristotelis Libros De Generatione et Corruptione Commentaria, H. Vitelli (ed.), Berlin, 1897. On Aristotle On Coming-to-be and Perishing 1.1-5, C. J. F. Williams (trans.), London and Ithaca, 1999; On Aristotle On Coming-to-be and Perishing 1.6-2.4, C. J. F. Williams (trans.), London and Ithaca, 1999. (Scholar)
  • CAG XV, Ioannis Philoponi in Aristotelis De Anima Libros Commentaria, M. Hayduck (ed.), Berlin, 1897. On Aristotle On the Soul 2.1–6, W. Charlton (trans.), London and Ithaca, 2005; On Aristotle On the soul 2.7–12, W. Charlton (trans.), London and Ithaca, 2005; On Aristotle On the Soul 3.1–8, W. Charlton (trans.), London and Ithaca, 2000; On Aristotle On the Intellect (de Anima 3.4–8), W. Charlton (trans.), London and Ithaca, 1991. (Scholar)
  • CAG XVI-XVII, Ioannis Philoponi in Aristotelis Physicorum Libros I-III et V-VIII Commentaria, H. Vitelli (ed.), Berlin, 1887–8. On Aristotle Physics 2, A. R. Lacey (trans.), London and Ithaca, 1993; On Aristotle Physics 3, M. J. Edwards (trans.), London and Ithaca, 1994; On Aristotle Physics 5–8 with Simplicius, On Aristotle on the Void, P. Lettinck and J. O. Urmson (trans.), London and Ithaca, 1994. (Scholar)

B. Historical Sources

  • Aeneas of Gaza, Theophrastus, M.E. Colonna (ed.), Naples 1958.
  • Damascius, The Philosophical History, text with translation and notes by P. Athanassiadi, Athens, 1999. [Athanassiadi’s Introduction is the best place to start.]
  • Zacharias of Mytilene (Scholasticus), Ammonius, M. Minniti Colonna (ed.), Naples, 1973.
  • Zacharias of Mytilene, Life of Severus, M.A. Kugener (ed. and trans.), Patrologia Orientalis II, 1904.
  • Aeneas of Gaza, Theophrastus, trs. J. Dillon and D. Russell. Zacharias of Mytilene, Ammonius, trs. S. Gertz (Ancient Commentators on Aristotle, London, 2012).

C. Secondary Literature

  • Adamson, P., 2006. “The Arabic Sea Battle: al-Farabi on the Problem of Future ContingentsArchiv für Geschichte der Philosophie 88, 163–188. (Scholar)
  • –––, 2015. “Neoplatonism: The Last Ten Years”, The International Journal of the Platonic Tradition 9, 205–220. (Scholar)
  • Barnes, J., 1991. “Ammonius and Adverbs,” Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy (Supplementary Volume), 145–63. (Scholar)
  • Bertolacci, A., 2005. “Ammonius and al-Farabi: the Sources of Avicenna’s Concept of Metaphysics” Quaestio 5, 287–305. (Scholar)
  • Blank, D. L., 2010. “Ammonius Hermeiou and his School,” in Gerson 2010, 654–666. (Scholar)
  • Blumenthal, H. J., 1986. “John Philoponus: Alexandrian Platonist?Hermes 114, 314–335. (Scholar)
  • Bobzien, S., 2002. “Some elements of propositional logic in Ammonius”, in Linneweber-Lammeskitten, H. and G. Mohr, eds., Interpretation und Argument, Würzburg, 103–119. (Scholar)
  • Brunschwig, J., 2008. “Le chapitre 1 du De Interpretatione: Aristote, Ammonius et nous”, Laval théologique et philosophique 64, 35–87. (Scholar)
  • Cameron, Alan, 1969. “The Last Days of the Academy at Athens,” Proceedings of the Cambridge Philological Society (n.s.), 15: 7–29. (Scholar)
  • Cardullo, R. Loredana, 2002. “Asclepio di Tralle: Pensatore originale o mero redattore ΑΠΟ ΦΩ ΝΗΣ?”, in Barbanti, M., G. R. Giardina, and P. Manganaro, eds., ΕΝΩ ΣΙΣ ΚΑΙ ΦΙΛΙΑ Unione e Amicizia Omaggio a Francesco Romano, Catania, 495–514. (Scholar)
  • –––, 2009. “Una lettura neoplatonica di Metaphysica Alpha: gli scolii di Asclepio di Tralle trascritti «dalla voce» di Ammonio”, in Cardullo, R. L., ed., Il libro Alpha della Metafisica di Aristotele tra storiografia e teoria (Symbolon 35), Catania, 239–270. (Scholar)
  • –––, 2012. Asclepio di Tralle Commentario al libro Alpha Meizon (A) della Metafisica di Aristotele, Acireale. (Scholar)
  • Champion, M., 2014. Explaining the Cosmos. Creation and Cultural Interaction in Late-Antique Gaza, Oxford. [An exploration of Aeneas, Zacharias, and Procopius, their religious and cultural background and the philosophical content of their works.] (Scholar)
  • Cribiore, R., 2017. “The Conflict between Rhetoric and Philosophy and Zacharias’ Ammonius”, in L’École de Gaza: espace littéraire et identité culturelle dans l’Antiquité tardive, Amato, E., A. Corcella, D. Lauritzen, eds. (Orientalia Lovanensia Analecta 249), Louvain, 73–84. (Scholar)
  • De Rijk, L-M., 2003. “Boethius on De Interpretatione (Ch. 3): Is he a reliable guide?”, in Galonnier 2003, 207–227. (Scholar)
  • Dillon, J., “Philosophy,” in Cambridge Ancient History, XI: 922–965. (Scholar)
  • Fortier, S., 2012. “Ammonius on Universals and Abstraction: An Interpretation and Translation of AmmoniusIn Porphyrii Eisagogen 39, 8–42”, Laval Théologique et philosophique 68, 21–33. (Scholar)
  • Frede, D., 1985. “The Sea Battle reconsidered: A Defence of the Traditional Interpretation,” Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy, 3: 31–87. (Scholar)
  • –––, 1998. “Logik, Sprache und die Offenheit der Zukunft in der Antike. Bemerkungen zu zwei neuen Forschungsbeiträgen,” Zeitschrift für Philosophische Forschung, 52: 84–104. (Scholar)
  • Galonnier, A. (ed.), 2003. Boèce ou la chaîne des savoirs, Actes du colloque international de la Fondation Singer-Polignac Paris, 8-12 juin 1999, Louvain and Paris. (Scholar)
  • Gaskin, R., 1995. The Sea-Battle and the Master Argument: Aristotle and Diodorus Cronus on the Metaphysics of the Future, Berlin. (Scholar)
  • Gerson, L.P., 2010. The Cambridge History of Philosophy in Late Antiquity, Cambridge. (Scholar)
  • Glucker, J., 1978. Antiochus and the Late Academy ( Hypomnemata 56), Göttingen. (Scholar)
  • Golitsis, P., 2008. Les Commentaires de Simplicius et de Jean Philopon à la Physique d’Aristote. Tradition et Innovation, (Commentaria in Aristotelem Graeca et Byzantina. Quellen und Studien Band 3), Berlin. (Scholar)
  • Griffin, M., 2016. “Ammonius and His School” in A. Falcon, ed., Brill’s Companion to the Reception of Aristotle (Leiden), 394–414. [A good, summary discussion of Ammonius and his pupils.] (Scholar)
  • Haas, C., 1996. Alexandria in Late Antiquity. Topography and Social Conflict, Baltimore. (Scholar)
  • Hadot, I., 1978. Le problème du néoplatonisme alexandrin. Hiéroclès et Simplicius, Paris. (Scholar)
  • –––, 1990a. “The Life and Work of Simplicius in Greek and Arabic Sources,” in Sorabji 1990a, 275–304. (Scholar)
  • –––, 1990b. “Commentaire” in Hoffmann and Hadot, eds., 1990, 19–182. (Scholar)
  • –––, 2015. Athenian and Alexandrian Neoplatonism and the Harmonization of Aristotle and Plato, trs. M. Chase, Leiden. (Scholar)
  • Hase, H., 1839. “Joannis Alexandrini, cognomine Philoponi, de vsu astrolabii ejusque constructione libellus”, Rheinisches Museum 6, 127–171 bis. (Scholar)
  • Heiberg, J. L., 1907. Claudii Ptolemaei Opera Quae Exstant Omnia, Vol. II Opera Astronomica Minora, Lipsiae. (Scholar)
  • Hoffmann, P. and I. Hadot, eds., 1990. Simplicius. Commentaire sur les Catégories. I: Introduction, première partie (p. 1–9,3 Kalbfleisch), Leiden. (Scholar)
  • Hugonnard-Roche, H., 2004. La logique d’Aristote du grec au syriaque, Paris. [Collected articles 1987–2004.] (Scholar)
  • Jackson, R., K. Lycos, H. Tarrant, trs. and eds., Olympiodorus Commentary on Plato’s Gorgias, Leiden.
  • Karamanolis, G.E., 2006. Aristotle and Plato in Agreement? Platonists on Aristotle from Antiochus to Porphyry, Oxford. [This book does not treat Ammonius, ending as it does with Porphyry, but it does introduce the issues which arose concerning whether Aristotle and Plato were in accord, a fundamental principle of interpretation for Ammonius.] (Scholar)
  • Kretzmann, N., 1998. “Boethius and the truth about tomorrow’s sea battle,” in Ammonius On Aristotle On Interpretation 9 with Boethius On Aristotle On Interpretation 9, D. Blank and N. Kretzmann (trans.), London and Ithaca, 24–52. (Scholar)
  • Lee, Tae-Soo, 1984. Die griechische Tradition der aristotelischen Syllogistik in der Spätantike: eine Untersuchung über die Kommentare zu den analytica priora von Alexander von Aphrodisias, Ammonius und Philoponus, Göttingen. (Scholar)
  • Luna, C., 2001. Trois études sur la tradition des commentaires anciens à la Métaphysique d’Aristote (Philosophia Antiqua LXXXVIII), Leiden. (Scholar)
  • Merlan, P., 1968. “Ammonius Hermiae, Zacharias Scholasticus and Boethius,” Greek, Roman and Byzantine Studies, 9: 143–203. (Scholar)
  • Mignucci, M., 1998. “Ammonius’ sea battle,” in Ammonius: On Aristotle On Interpretation 9 and Boethius: On Aristotle On Interpretation 9, D. Blank and N. Kretzmann (trans.), Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 53–86; also found as “Ammonius and the Problem of Future Contingent Truth,” in Seel 2000a, 247–284. (Scholar)
  • Militello, C., 2014. “Aristotle’s Topics in the Greek Neoplatonic Commentaries on the Categories,” Peitho/Examina Antiqua 1(5), 91–117. (Scholar)
  • Obortello, L., 2003. “Ammonius Son of Hermias, Zacharias Scholasticus and Boethius: Eternity of God and/or Time?” in Galonnier 2003, 465–479. (Scholar)
  • O’Meara, D., 2006. “Patterns of Perfection in Damascius’ ‘Life of Isidore’”, Phronesis 51, 74–90. (Scholar)
  • Omelyantchik, V., 2003. “Boèce et Ammonius sur la question d’Alexandre d’Aphrodise (PERI HERMENEIAS, 16 A 1–2),” in Galonnier 2003, 241–256. (Scholar)
  • Pelletier, Y., 1983. Les Attributions (Catégories). Le texte aristotélicien et les prolégomènes d’Ammonios d’Hermias, Montréal et Paris. (Scholar)
  • Pingree, D., 1973. “The Greek Influence on Early Islamic Mathematical Astronomy”, Journal of the American Oriental Society 93, 32–43. (Scholar)
  • Praechter, K., 1910. “Richtungen und Schulen im Neuplatonismus,” in Graeca Halensis, ed., Genethliakon C. Robert Zum 8. März 1910. Berlin, 103–156. (Scholar)
  • –––, 1912. “Christlich- neuplatonische Beziehungen”, Byzantinische Zeitung 21, 1–27. (Scholar)
  • Schemmel, F., 1909. “Die Hochschule von Alexandria im IV. und V. Jahrhundert P. Ch. N.”, Neue Jahrbücher für Pädagogik 12, 439–457. (Scholar)
  • Seel, G., 2000a. Ammonius and the Seabattle: texts, commentary and essays (Peripatoi, Bd. 18), Berlin and New York. (Scholar)
  • –––, 2000b. “‘In a Definite Way True’ Truth-Values and their Modalization in Ammonius”, in Seel 2000a, 234–246. (Scholar)
  • Sharples, R., 1992. Alexander of Aphrodisias Quaestiones 1.1–2.1, London and Ithaca, NY. (Scholar)
  • Sheppard, A., 1982. “Proclus’ attitude to theurgy”, Classical Quarterly 32, 232–224. (Scholar)
  • –––, 1987. “Proclus’ philosophical method of exegesis, the use of Aristotle and the Stoics in the Commentary on the Cratylus,” in J. Pépin and P. Saffrey (eds.), Proclus. Lecteur et interprète des Anciens, Paris, 137–151. (Scholar)
  • Sorabji, R., 1988. Matter, Space and Motion, London and Ithaca, NY [See esp. Ch. 15]. (Scholar)
  • ––– (ed.), 1990a. Aristotle Transformed. The Ancient Commentators and their Influence. London and Ithaca. Second Edition, London 2016. (Scholar)
  • –––, 1990b. “THe Ancient Commentators on Aristotle” in Sorabji 1990a, 1–30. (Scholar)
  • –––, 1990c. “Infinite Power Impressed, the transformation of Aristotle’s physics and theology,” in Sorabji 1990a, 181–198; a longer version is in Sorabji’s Matter, Space and Motion, London and Ithaca 1988. (Scholar)
  • –––, 1998. “The Three deterministic arguments opposed by Ammonius,” in Ammonius On Aristotle On Interpretation 9 with Boethius On Aristotle On Interpretation 9, trs. D. Blank and N. Kretzmann (Ancient Commentators on Aristotle) London and Ithaca, 3–15. (Scholar)
  • –––, 2003. “Sordid deals and divine names in Ammonius’ Alexandria,” in Andrew Smith, ed., Neoplatonism and Society. Cardiff. (Scholar)
  • –––, 2005. “Introduction,” to The Philosophy of the Commentators 200–600 A.D.: A Sourcebook (Volume 1: Psychology (with Ethics and Religion), Volume 2: Physics, Volume 3: Logic and Metaphysics), Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 5 ff. [These sourcebooks are now the best place to obtain an overview of the philosophy of the Aristotelian commentators.] (Scholar)
  • –––, 2012. “Waiting for Philoponus”, in Aeneas of Gaza, etc., vii–xxx. (Scholar)
  • –––, 2014. “The Alexandrian classrooms excavated and sixth-century philosophy teaching”, in Remes, P. and S. Slaveva-Griffin, eds., The Routledge Handbook of Neoplatonism, London, 30–39. (Scholar)
  • –––, 2016a. “Introduction to the Second Edition” of Sorabji 1990a, xii–xlvii. [Sorabji’s useful review of developments, including many of his own thoughts concerning the articles published in the first edition.] (Scholar)
  • –––, 2016b. Aristotle Re-Interpreted: New Findings on Seven Hundred Years of the Ancient Commentators, London. (Scholar)
  • –––, 2016c. “Introduction: Seven Hundred Years of Commentary and the Sixth Century Diffusion to Other Cultures”, in Sorabji 2016b, 1–80. [An illuminating review of recent scholarly controversies and developments.] (Scholar)
  • –––, 2016d. “Dating of Philoponus’ Commentaries on Aristotle and of his Divergence from his Teacher Ammonius”, in Sorabji 2016b, 367–392. (Scholar)
  • Tarán, L., 1978. Anonymous Commentary on Aristotle’s De interpretatione. Meisenheim-am-Glan. (Scholar)
  • Tempelis, E., 1997. “Iamblichus and Ammonius, Son of Hermias, On Divine Omniscience”, Syllecta Classica 8, 207–217. (Scholar)
  • –––, 1998. The School of Ammonius, Son of Hermias, On Knowledge of the Divine. Athens. (Scholar)
  • Tuominen, M., 2009. The Ancient Commentators on Plato and Aristotle, Berkeley. [A good introduction to the ancient commentaries on Plato and Aristotle; focuses on Philoponus and Simplicius, rather than Ammonius, as representatives of the commentators of Late Antiquity.] (Scholar)
  • Van den Berg, R. M., 2009. Proclus’ Commentary on the Cratylus in Context (Ancient Theories of Language and Naming), Philosophia Antiqua 112, Leiden. [Discusses on pages 201–206 Ammonius’ ideas about language, particularly his stance compared to Proclus’ interpretation of Plato’s Cratylus.] (Scholar)
  • Verrycken, K., 1990a. “The Metaphysics of Ammonius Son of Hermeias,” in Sorabji 1990a, 199–231. (Scholar)
  • –––, 1990b. “The Development of Philoponus’ Thought and its chronology”, in Sorabji 1990a, 232–274. (Scholar)
  • –––, 1994. De vroegere Philoponus. Een studie van het Alexandrinjnse Neoplatonisme (Verhandelingen van de Koninklijke Academie voor Wetenschappen, Letteren en Schone Kunsten van België 56, Nr. 153). (Scholar)
  • –––, 2001/2. “La métaphysique d’Ammonius chez Zacharie de Mytilène”, Revue des Sciences Philosophiques et Théologiques 85, 241–267. (Scholar)
  • –––, 2010. “John Philoponus,” in Gerson 2010, II 733–755. (Scholar)
  • Wallis, R.T., 1972. Neoplatonism, London. (Scholar)
  • Watt, J. W., 2010. “Commentary and Translation in Syriac Aristotelian Scholarship: Sergius to Baghdad”, Journal for Late Antique Religion and Culture 4, 28–42. (Scholar)
  • Watts, E. J., 2005. “Winning the Intracommunal Dialogues: Zacharias Scholasticus’ Life of Severus”, Journal of Early Christian Studies 13, 437–464. (Scholar)
  • –––, 2006. City and School in Late Antique Athens and Alexandria, Berkeley. (Scholar)
  • Westerink, L.G., 1962. Anonymous Prolegomena to Platonic Philosophy, Amsterdam. (Scholar)
  • –––, 1990. “The Alexandrian Commentators and the Introductions to their Commentaries,” in Sorabji 1990a, 325–349. (Scholar)
  • Whitaker, C. W. A., 1996. Aristotle’s De Interpretatione: Contradiction and Dialectic, Oxford. (Scholar)
  • Wildberg, C. 1990. “Three Neoplatonic Introductions to Philosophy: Ammonius, David, Elias,” Hermathena, 149: 33–51. (Scholar)
  • –––, 2005. “Philosophy in the Age of Justinian”, in Maas, M., ed., The Cambridge Companion to the Age of Justinian, Cambridge, 316–340. (Scholar)

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