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Simplicius of Cilicia

Works: 705 works in 2,412 publications in 5 languages and 25,077 library holdings
Genres: History 
Roles: Author, Other, Annotator, Contributor, Creator, Editor, Commentator, Commentator for written text, cnm, htt, Dubious author, Translator, Author of introduction, Collector
Classifications: Q151.A8, 530
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On Aristotle Physics 1.3-4 by Simplicius( )

21 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 915 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this volume Simplicius is dealing with Aristotle's account of the Presocratics, and for many of them he is our chief or even sole authority. He quotes at length from Melissus, Parmenides and Zeno, sometimes from their original works but also from later writers from Plato onwards, drawing particularly on Alexander's lost commentary on Aristotle's Physics and on Porphyry. Much of his approach is just scholarly, but in places he reveals his Neoplatonist affiliation and attempts to show the basic agreement among his predecessors in spite of their apparent differences. This is in the Ancient Commentators on Aristotle series - a pathbreaking enterprise which for the first time translates the commentaries of the Neoplatonic commentators on the works of Aristotle into English."--Bloomsbury Publishing
On Aristotle on the heavens 1.3-4 by Simplicio( )

13 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in English and held by 906 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is the first English translation of Simplicius' responses to Philoponus' Against Aristotle on the Eternity of the World. The commentary is published in two volumes: Ian Mueller's previous book in the series, Simplicius: On Aristotle On the Heavens 1.2-3, and this book on 1.3-4. Philoponus, the Christian, had argued that Aristotle's arguments do not succeed. For all they show to the contrary, Christianity may be right that the heavens were brought into existence by the only divine being and one moment in time, and will cease to exist at some future moment. Simplicius upholds the pagan view that the heavens are eternal and divine, and argues that their eternity is shown by their astronomical movements coupled with certain principles of Aristotle. The English translation in this volume is accompanied by a detailed introduction, extensive commentary notes and a bibliography
On Aristotle On the heavens 1.2-3 by Simplicius( )

15 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in English and held by 903 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is the first complete translation into a modern language of the first part of the pagan Neoplatonist Simplicius of Cilicia's commentary on Aristotle's argument that the world neither came to be nor will perish
On Aristotle Physics 8.1-5 by Simplicius( )

14 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 889 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this commentary of Aristotle Physics book eight, chapters one to five, the sixth-century philosopher Simplicius quotes and explains important fragments of the Presocratic philosophers, provides the fragments of his Christian opponent Philponus' Against Aristotle On the eternity of the world, and makes extensive use of the lost commentary of Aristotle's leading defender, Alexander of Aphrodisias"--Book Jacket
On Aristotle Physics 1.5-9 by Simplicius( )

9 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 880 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Simplicius' greatest contribution in his commentary on Aristotle on 'Physics' 1.5-9 lies in his treatment of matter. He starts with a valuable elucidation of what Aristotle means by 'principle' and 'element' in 'Physics'. Simplicius' own conception of matter is of a quantity that is utterly diffuse because of its extreme distance from its source, the Neoplatonic One, and he tries to find this conception both in Plato's account of space and in a stray remark of Aristotle's. Finally, he rejects the Manichaean view that matter is evil and answers a Christian objection that to make matter imperishable is to put it on a level with God"--Publisher's description, p. [2] of dust jacket
On Aristotle physics 4.1-5 and 10-14 by Simplicius( )

6 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 666 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Simplicius on Aristotle's Physics 6 by Simplicius( Book )

16 editions published between 1988 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 636 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Book Six of Aristotle's Physics, which concerns the continuum, shows Aristotle at his best. It contains his attack on atomism which forced subsequent Greek and Islamic atomists to reshape their views entirely. It also elaborates Zeno's paradoxes of motion and the famous paradoxes of stopping and starting. This is the first translation into any modern language of Simplicius' commentary on Book Six. Simplicius, the greatest ancient authority on Aristotle's Physics whose works have survived to the present, lived in the sixth century A.D. He produced detailed commentaries on several of Aristotle's works. Those on the Physics, which alone come to over 1300 pages in the original Greek, preserve not only a centuries-old tradition of ancient scholarship on Aristotle but also fragments of lost works by other thinkers, including both the Presocratic philosophers and such Aristotalians as Eudemus, Theophrastus and Alexander. The Physics contains some of Aristotle's best and most enduring work, and Simplicius' commentaries are essential to an understanding of it. This volume makes the commentary on Book Six accessible at last to all scholars, whether or not they know classical Greek. It will be indispensible for students of classical philosophy, and especially of Aristotle, as well as for those interested in philosophical thought of late antiquity. It will also be welcomed by students of the history of ideas and philosophers interested in problem mathematics and motion
On Aristotle's Physics 7 by Simplicius( Book )

24 editions published between 1994 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 542 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Book 7 of Aristotle's Physics - once regarded as merely an undeveloped early version of Book 8 - has recently attracted renewed interest. Differences of opinion concerning its importance are as old as Aristotle's text, and Simplicius' commentary, written in the sixth century A.D., is an indispensable tool for understanding Book 7. Charles Hagen here gives the English reader access to this commentary for the first time." "Among the most important aspects of the commentary are Simplicius' explanation of the interconnections among the chapters of Book 7 and his references to a more extensive second version of Aristotle's text than the one that survives today. Acknowledging that Book 8 offers a more precise discussion of the subject covered in Book 7, the case for a prime mover, Simplicius both identifies ways in which Book 7 reveals Aristotle's acumen and clarifies its relationship to the other books in the Physics."--Jacket
Corollaries on place and time by Simplicius( Book )

27 editions published between 1992 and 2014 in English and held by 516 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Is there such a thing as three-dimensional space? Is space inert or dynamic? Is the division of time into past, present and future real? Does the whole of time exist all at once? Does it progress smoothly or by discontinuous leaps? Simplicius surveys ideas about place and time from the preceding thousand years of Greek Philosophy and reveals the extraordinary ingenuity of the late Neoplatonist theories, which he regards as marking a substantial advance on all previous ideas
Epictetus his morals : with Simplicius his comment. Made English from the Greek, by George Stanhope by Epictetus( )

44 editions published between 1694 and 1741 in English and held by 514 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On Aristotle's Physics 2 by Simplicius Atheniensis( Book )

27 editions published between 1996 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 511 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Book 2 of the Physics is arguably the best introduction to Aristotle's ideas. It defines nature and distinguishes natural science from mathematics. Book 2 introduces the seminal idea of four causes, or four modes of explanation. It defines chance, but rejects a theory of chance and natural selection in favour of purpose in nature. To these riches Simplicius, writing in the sixth century A.D., adds his own considerable contribution. Seeing Aristotle's God as a creator, he discusses how nature relates to soul, adds Stoic and Neoplatonist causes to Aristotle's list of four, and questions the likeness of cause to effect. He discusses missing a great evil or a great good by a hairsbreadth and considers whether animals act from reason or natural instinct. He also preserves a Posidonian discussion of mathematical astronomy."--Publisher description
On Aristotle's Physics 5 by Simplicius( Book )

27 editions published between 1997 and 2014 in English and held by 479 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Simplicius, the greatest surviving ancient authority on Aristotle's Physics, lived in the sixth century A. D. He produced detailed commentaries on several of Aristotle's works. Those on the Physics, which alone come to over 1,300 pages in the original Greek, preserve a centuries-old tradition of ancient scholarship on Aristotle. In Physics Book 5 Aristotle lays down some of the principles of his dynamics and theory of change. What does not count as change: change of relation? The flux of time? There is no change of change, yet acceleration is recognised. Aristotle defines 'continuous', 'contact' and 'next', and uses these definitions in discussing when we can claim that the same change or event is still going on. This volume is complemented by David Konstan's translation of Simplicius' commentary on Physics Book 6, which has already appeared in this series. It is Book 6 that gives spatial application to the terms defined in Book 5, and uses them to mount a celebrated attack on atomism. Simplicius' commentaries enrich our understanding of the Physics and of its interpretation in the ancient world."--Bloomsbury Publishing
On Aristotle's "Categories 9-15" by Simplicius( Book )

28 editions published between 1999 and 2014 in English and held by 466 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Aristotle classified the things in the world into ten categories: substance, quantity, quality, relation, etcetera. Plotinus, the founder of Neoplatonism, attacked the classification, accepting only the first four categories, rejecting the other six, and adding one of his own: change. He preferred Plato's classification into five kinds, including change. In this part of his commentary, Simplicius records the controversy on the six categories rejected by Plotinus: acting, being acted upon, being in a position, when, where, and having on. Plotinus' pupil and editor, Porphyry, defended all six categories as applicable to the physical world, even if not to the world of Platonic Forms to which Platonist studies must eventually progress. Porphyry's pupil, Iamblichus, went further: taken in a suitable sense, Aristotle's categories apply also to the world of Forms, although they require Pythagorean reinterpretation. Simplicius may be closer to Porphyry than to Iamblichus, and indeed Porphyry's defense established Aristotle's categories once and for all in Western thought. But the controversy of this period nonetheless revealed more effectively than any modern discussion the profound difficulties in Aristotle's categorial scheme."--Jacket
On Aristotle's "Physics 3" by Simplicius( Book )

21 editions published between 2002 and 2014 in English and held by 419 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Aristotle's Physics Book 3 covers two subjects: the definition of change and the finitude of the universe. Change, which enters into the very definition of nature as an internal source of change, receives two definitions in Chapters 1 and 2, as involving the actualization of the potential or of the changeable. Alexander of Aphrodisias is reported as thinking that the second version is designed to show that Book 3, like Book 5, means to disqualify change in relations from being genuine change. Aristotle's successor Theophrastus, we are told, and Simplicius himself, prefer to admit relational change." "Chapter 3 introduces a general causal principle that the activity of the agent causing change is in the patient undergoing change, and that the causing and undergoing are to be counted as only one activity, however different in definition. Simplicius points out that this paves the way for Aristotle's God who moves the heavens, while admitting no motion in himself. It is also the basis of Aristotle's doctrine, central to Neoplatonism, that intellect is one with the objects it contemplates." "In defending Aristotle's claim that the universe is spatially finite, Simplicius has to meet Archytas' question: "What happens at the edge?" He replies that, given Aristotle's definition of place, there is nothing beyond the furthest stars, and one cannot stretch one's hand into nothing, nor be prevented by nothing."--BOOK JACKET
On Aristotle's "Physics 8.6-10" by Simplicius( Book )

20 editions published between 2000 and 2014 in English and held by 415 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Aristotle's Physics is about the causes of motion and culminates in a proof that God is needed as the ultimate cause of motion. Aristotle argues that things in motion need to be moved by something other than themselves - he rejects Plato's self-movers. On pain of regress, there must be an unmoved mover. If this unmoved mover is to cause motion eternally, it needs infinite power. It cannot, then, be a body, since bodies, being of finite size, cannot house infinite power. The unmoved mover is therefore an incorporeal God." "Simplicius reveals that his teacher, Ammonius, harmonized Aristotle with Plato to counter Christian charges of pagan disagreement, by making Aristotle's God a cause not only of beginningless movement, but also of beginningless existence of the universe. Eternal existence, no less than eternal motion, calls for an infinite, and hence incorporeal, force. This anti-Christian interpretation turned Aristotle's God from a thinker into a certain kind of Creator, and so helped to make Aristotle's God acceptable to Saint Thomas Aquinas in the thirteenth century."--Jacket
On Aristotle's "On the heavens 2.1-9" by Simplicius( Book )

23 editions published between 2002 and 2014 in English and held by 403 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Aristotle believed that the outermost stars are carried around us on a transparent sphere. In the Aristotelian view, there are directions in the universe and a preferred direction of rotation. The sun, moon, and planets are carried on different revolving spheres. The spheres and celestial bodies are composed of an everlasting fifth element, which can be destroyed by none of the ordinary contrary properties like heat and cold. It is able only to rotate in a uniform manner. This creates problems as to how the heavenly bodies create light and, in the case of the sun, heat." "The main value of Simplicius' commentary to On the Heavens 2.1-9 arises from its preservation of the lost comments of Alexander and of the controversy between Alexander and Simplicius. The two of them discuss not only the problem mentioned, but also whether soul and nature move the spheres as two distinct forces or as one. Alexander appears to have simplified Aristotle's system of fifty-five spheres down to seven, and some hints may be gleaned as to whether, simplifying further, he thinks there are seven ultimate movers or only one."--Jacket
On Aristotle's "On the heavens 1.10-12" by Simplici( Book )

25 editions published between 2003 and 2014 in English and held by 391 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In these three chapters of On the Heavens, Aristotle argues that the universe in ungenerated and indestructible. In Simplicius's commentary there is a battle between the Neoplatonist Simplicius and the Aristotelian Alexander, whose lost commentary on Aristotle's On the Heavens Simplicius partly preserves." "Simplicius's rival, the Christian Philoponus, had conducted a parallel battle in his Against Proclus, but had taken the side of Alexander against Proclus and other Platonists, arguing that Plato's Timaeus gives a beginning to the universe. Simplicius takes the Platonist side, denying that Plato intended a beginning. The origin to which Plato refers is, according to Simplicius, not a temporal origin, but the divine cause that produces the world without beginning."--Jacket
On Aristotle's "Categories 5-6" by Simplicius( Book )

11 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 380 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Chapters 5 and 6 of Aristotle's Categories describe his first two categories, Substance and Quantity. It is usually thought that Plotinus attacked Aristotle's Categories, but that Porphyry and Iamblichus restored it to the curriculum once and for all. However, Frans de Haas stresses that Porphyry drew much of his defense of Aristotle from Plotinus' critical discussion." "Simplicius' commentary is the most comprehensive account of the debate on the validity of Aristotle's Categories. Simplicius discusses where the differentia of a species (for instance, the rationality of humans) fits into the scheme of categories. Another is why Aristotle elevates the category of Quantity to second place, above the category of Quality. Further, de Haas shows how Simplicius arrives at multiple definitions of "universal" to solve some of the problems."--Jacket
On Epictetus' "Handbook 1-26" by Simplicius( Book )

17 editions published between 2002 and 2014 in English and held by 377 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

'[Simplicius'] moral interpretation of Epictetus is preserved in the library of nations, as a classic book, most excellently adapted to direct the will, to purify the heart, and to confirm the understanding, by a just confidence in the nature both of God and man.' Edward Gibbon 'This book, written by a "pagan" philosopher, makes the most Christian impression conceivable. The betrayal of all reality through morality is here present in its fullest splendour - pitiful psychology, the philosopher is reduced to a country parson. And Plato is to blame for all of it! He remains Europe's greatest misfortune!' Fredrich Nietzsche Of these two rival reactions the favourable one was most common. Epictetus' Handbook on ethics was used in Christian monasteries, and Simplicius' commentary on it was widely available up to the nineteenth century. The commentary gives us a fascinating chance to see how a pagan Neoplatonist transformed Stoic ideas, adding Neoplatonist accounts of theology, theodicy, providence, free will and the problem of evil. This translation of the Commentary on the Handbook is published in two volumes. This is the first, covering chapters 1-26; the second covers chapters 27-53
On Aristotle's "On the heavens 2.10-14" by Simplicius( Book )

23 editions published between 2005 and 2014 in English and held by 367 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The topics covered in this part of Simplicius' commentary on On the Heavens are the speeds and distances of the stars; that the stars are spherical; why the sun and moon have fewer motions that the other five planets; why the sphere of the fixed stars contains so many stars whereas the other heavenly spheres contain no more than one (Simplicius has a long excursus on planetary theory in his commentary on this chapter); discussion of people's views on the position, motion or rest, shape, and size of the earth; and that the earth is a relatively small sphere at rest in the center of the cosmos."--Jacket
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On Aristotle Physics 1.5-9
On Aristotle on the heavens 1.3-4On Aristotle On the heavens 1.2-3On Aristotle Physics 8.1-5On Aristotle Physics 1.5-9On Aristotle physics 4.1-5 and 10-14Simplicius on Aristotle's Physics 6On Aristotle's Physics 7Corollaries on place and time
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controlled identityPseudo-Simplicius

Cilicius Simplicius

Cilicius, Simplicius ca. 6.Jh.

Kilikyalı Simplikios


Pseudo-Simplicius ca. 6.Jh.



Simplici de Cilícia

Simplici, de Cilícia, s. VI


Simplicio 0490?-0560?

Simplicio ca. 6.Jh.

Simplício da Cilícia

Simplicio de Cilicia

Simplicio de Cilicia filósofo, matemático e historiográfo griego del período post helenístico-romano

Simplicio filosofo e matematico bizantino


Simplicius (50.-59.)

Simplicius 6e eeuw of Cilicia

Simplicius Aristotelicus ca. 6.Jh.

Simplicius Atheniensis

Simplicius Atheniensis ca. 6.Jh.

Simplicius aus Kilikien

Simplicius aus Kilikien ca. 6.Jh.

Simplicius ca. 6.Jh.

Simplicius ca. 6.Jh Aristotelicus

Simplicius ca. 6.Jh Atheniensis

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Simplicius ca. 6.Jh Cilicius

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Simplicius of Cilicia disciple of Ammonius Hermiae and Damascius, and one of the last of the Neoplatonists

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Simplikios approximately 490-560 of Cilicia

Simplikios ca. 6.Jh.

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Σιμπλίκιος 0490?-0560?

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Σιμπλίκιος, ὁ Κίλιξ, approximately 490-560


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Симпликий ок.490-560



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