Jeauneau, E., ed., Guillelmus de Conchis Glosae super Platonem (Turnhout: Brepols [Corpus Christianorum Continuatio Medievalis 203])
Text name(s): Glosae Super Platonem; Gloss on Plato
Number of pages of primary source text: 324
Dates: 1100 - 1150
- Original language included.
- Philosophic Work
- Commentary / Gloss / Exegesis
- Classics / Humanism
- Philosophy - Platonic / Neo-Platonic
William of Conches was a philosopher who sought to expand the bounds of Christian humanism by studying secular works of the classics and fostering empirical science. He was influenced by Arabian philosophers. This volume contains an edition of William’s glosses on Plato’s Timaeus, which would remain influential into the fifteenth century; for select passages, William provides a summary and an explanation, drawing in references from contemporary thinkers. This edition also includes appendices of the editor’s notes on other medieval glosses on Plato, and an edition of the Digby Gloss on Plato.
The editor’s lengthy (104pp) French introduction includes a discussion of the place of the glosses in William of Conches oeuvre. The editor analyzes the method with which William glosses Plato, and considers the sources of the glosses, as well as their reception throughout the Middle Ages, notably by Italian neo-Platonists during the fifteenth century. The editor also considers the manuscripts in which the text survives, and upon which this edition is based.