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Works: 555 works in 1,601 publications in 13 languages and 11,192 library holdings
Genres: History  Sources  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Commentaries  Paraphrases 
Roles: Author, Commentator, Editor, Compiler, Other, cnm, Contributor
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Most widely held works about Themistius
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On Aristotle's On the soul by Themistius( Book )

22 editions published between 1995 and 2014 in English and held by 319 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Themistius ran his own philosophical school in Constantinople in the middle of the fourth century A.D. His paraphrases of Aristotle's writings are unlike the elaborate commentaries produced by Alexander of Aphrodisias, or the later Neoplatonists Simplicius and Philoponus. His aim was to provide a clear and independent restatement of Aristotle's text which would be accessible as an elementary exegesis. But he also discusses important philosophical problems, reports and disagrees with other commentaries including the lost commentary of Porphyry, and offers interpretations of Plato. Themistius' paraphrase of Aristotle's On the Soul is his most important and influential work. It is also the first extant commentary on this work of Aristotle to survive from antiquity. A rival to that of Alexander of Aphrodisias, it represents one of the main interpretations of Aristotle's theory of the intellect, which was debated throughout the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. It continues to be an important text for the reconstruction of Aristotle's philosophical psychology today
Commentaire sur le traité De l'âme d'Aristote by Themistius( Book )

41 editions published between 1957 and 1973 in 3 languages and held by 271 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On Aristotle's "Physics 4" by Themistius( Book )

21 editions published between 2002 and 2014 in English and held by 266 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In his Physics 4, Aristotle defines place and time and denies the possibility of vacuum. Themistius, whose commentary is translated in this volume, wrote in the fourth century A.D. The fact that his commentaries are called paraphrases should not be allowed to conceal their importance. Some of his ideas are very original and he was taken seriously by later commentators and used as an authority by Aquinas." "Aristotle denies three-dimensional space and substitutes the idea of a thing's place as its immediate surroundings. Themistius supports Aristotle's denial. However, he reveals that the philosopher-doctor Galen, in the late second century A.D., had argued for the reality of space by imagining a bronze jar whose contents shrink, without any other matter coming in to fill the gap. Themistius complains that this thought experiment begs the question by assuming the very spatial extension, or gap, that Galen wants to prove." "Aristotle's conception of place as surroundings makes it problematic how his outermost sphere, which carries the stars, can have any place, given that it has no surroundings. Themistius suggests various solutions, including treating the inner spheres as surroundings." "Turning to time, Themistius again reveals Galen's objections to Aristotle and defends Aristotle from the charge of giving a circular definition of time. On the other hand, Themistius criticizes Aristotle for saying that there would be no time if there were no soul. Most of these points were debated by later commentators."--BOOK JACKET
Themistii in Aristotelis Physica paraphrasis by Themistius( Book )

51 editions published between 1889 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 242 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Themistii Orationes quae supersunt by Themistius( Book )

11 editions published in 1965 in 5 languages and held by 215 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Commentaria in Aristotelem Graeca( Book )

7 editions published in 1980 in Greek, Ancient and held by 201 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An Arabic translation of Themistius Commentary on Aristoteles De anima by Themistius( Book )

10 editions published in 1973 in Arabic and English and held by 182 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Themistii Orationes by Themistius( Book )

31 editions published between 1622 and 2010 in 4 languages and held by 172 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On Aristotle Physics 5-8 by Themistius( Book )

12 editions published between 2007 and 2014 in English and held by 152 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Themistius' treatment of Books 5-8 of Aristotle's Physics shows this commentator's capacity to identify, isolate and discuss the core ideas in Aristotle's account of change, his theory of the continuum, and his doctrine of the unmoved mover. His paraphrase offered his ancient students, as it will now offer his modern readers, an opportunity to encounter central features of Aristotle's physical theory, synthesized and epitomized in a manner that has always marked Aristotelian exegesis but was raised to a new level by the innovative method of focused paraphrase pioneered by Themistius. By taking selective but telling account of the earlier Peripatetic tradition (notably Theophrastus and Alexander of Aphrodisias), this commentator creates a framework that can still be profitably used by Aristotelian scholars today."--Jacket
On Aristotle Physics 1-3 by Themistius( Book )

12 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 145 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Themistius' paraphrase of Books 1-3 of Aristotle's Physics shows this fourth-century AD commentator offering a characteristically focused recreation of Aristotle's treatment of a variety of topics ranging from his fundamental account of the principles underlying natural change in Book 1 to a challenging general theory of change in the opening chapters of Book 3. In addressing Book 2 Themistius deals with the theory of nature and natural causation, an associated analysis of events that are indirectly caused by chance or coincidence, and the perennially engaging issue of teleology vs. necessitation in nature. Finally, he deals with the concept of the infinite that Aristotle pioneered in the second part of Book 3. While heavily influenced by the content of the commentary on the Physics by Alexander of Aphrodisias, Themistius offers a methodologically innovative reconstruction mostly expressed in Aristotle's voice, more expansive than the original but focused on essentials. He also offers a notable digression on the subsequently influential theory of prime matter. His paraphrase opens a window on the continuing role of Aristotle in philosophical education in late antiquity and is an instructive contrast to the more expansive commentaries of Simplicius and Philoponus who drew heavily on this predecessor. It can also still be profitably consulted by scholars on matters of detailed interpretation and by students as an introductory guide to a major treatise. Robert B. Todd has previously translated for this series Themistius on Aristotle On the Soul, and Themistius on Aristotle Physics 4 and Physics 5-8
Plaidoyer d'un Socratique contre le Phèdre de Platon: XXVIe, discours de Themistius by Themistius( Book )

22 editions published in 1959 in 5 languages and held by 141 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Themistii Paraphrases Aristotelis librorum quae supersunt by Themistius( Book )

21 editions published in 1866 in 5 languages and held by 138 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Staatsreden by Themistius( Book )

10 editions published in 1998 in German and held by 122 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Themistii in libros Aristotelis De anima paraphrasis by Themistius( Book )

26 editions published between 1890 and 2013 in Greek, Ancient and Latin and held by 108 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Themistii In libros Aristotelis De caelo paraphrasis hebraice et latine by Themistius( Book )

28 editions published between 1900 and 2014 in 6 languages and held by 105 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Themistii (Sophoniae) in Parva naturalia commentarium by Themistius( Book )

25 editions published between 1903 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 101 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Paraphrase de la Métaphysique d'Aristote, livre Lambda by Themistius( Book )

7 editions published in 1999 in French and held by 99 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Themistii quae fertur in Aristotelis Analyticorum priorum librum I paraphrasis by Themistius( Book )

18 editions published between 1884 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 88 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Die 34. [i.e. vierunddreissigste] Rede des Themistios : Peri tēs archēs : Einleitung, Übersetzung und Kommentar by Themistius( Book )

15 editions published in 1966 in 3 languages and held by 83 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Orationes quae supersunt by Themistius( Book )

15 editions published between 1965 and 1971 in 4 languages and held by 58 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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On Aristotle's "Physics 4"
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Euphrada, Themistius 317-388

Euphrades, Themistius 317-388

Pseudo-Themistius 317-388

Ṯāmisṭīyūs 317-388

Ṯāmisṭyūs 317-388




Temistio 0317?-0388?

Temistio 317-388

Temistio 317-ca. 388

Temistio c. 317-c. 388

Temistio ca317-ca388

Temistio della Paflagonia 317-388

Temistio filosofo greco antico

Temistio Retore Greco 317-388

Temistio Sofista 317-388





Themiste 317-388

Themistias 317-388 Euphrades

Themistias Euphrades 317-388

Themistio asi 317-asi 388


Thémistios 0317?-0388?

Themistios 317-388

Themistios 317-388 Euphrades

Themistios 317-388 Griechischer Sophist

Themistios 317-388 Philosophos

Themistios 317-388 Redner

Themistios 317-388 Sohn des Eugenios

Themistios 317-388 von Konstantinopel

Themistios 317-388 von Paphlagonien

Themistios 317-ca. 388

Themistios ca317-ca388

Themistios Euphrades 317-388

Themistios filosoof uit Romeinse Keizerrijk (317-388)

Themistios Griechischer Sophist 317-388

Themistios Philosophos 317-388

Themistios Redner 317-388

Themistios Rhetor und Philosoph der Spätantike

Themistios Sohn des Eugenios 317-388

Themistios von Konstantinopel 317-388

Themistios von Paphlagonien 317-388


Themistius 0317?-0388?

Themistius 317-ca. 388

Themistius asi 317-asi 388

Themistius c. 317-c. 388

Themistius ca 317-ca 388

Themistius Constantinopolitanus 317-388

Themistius Constantinopolitanus c. 317-c. 388

Themistius Euphrada 317-388

Themistius Euphrades 0317?-0388?

Themistius Euphrades 317-388

Themistius Euphrades ca317-ca388

Themistius Euphrades Paphlago 0317?-0388?

Themistius Euphrades Paphlago 317-388

Themistius Orator 317-388

Themistius Peripateticus

Themistius Peripateticus 317-388

Themistius Peripateticus c. 317-c. 388

Themistius Philosophus

Themistius Rhetor 317-388

Themistius Roman era philosopher

Themistius Sophist 317-388

Themistius Sophista

Themistius Sophista 317-388



Θεμίστιος 0317?-0388?









ثامسطیوس 317-388



On Aristotle's "Physics 4"On Aristotle Physics 5-8On Aristotle Physics 1-3Politics, philosophy, and empire in the fourth century : select orations of ThemistiusDiscursos políticos