Ahlvers, Arthur Books2002 0-7734-7167-7
This facing-page translation provides the English-speaking world of classical scholarship with access to a key text in the understanding of Plato’s views about the role of mathematics in the cosmos. It deals with interpretive issues surrounding Plato’s mathematically-based accounts, derived from Pythagoras and the Pythagoreans, of reproduction among the ruling class of the Republic, of terrestrial and celestial music, and of atomic stereometry. It indicates surprising ways in which these accounts are essentially connected. Ahlvers offers a re-analysis of Plato’s derivation of the nuptial number in Republic, and devotes much attention to the broader issues raised by Timaeus. It will be of interest not only to Plato scholars, but to scholars of medieval thought, and music.