- Series: Oxford University Press academic monograph reprints
- Hardcover: 400 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; y First printing edition (June 26, 1986)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0198247672
- ISBN-13: 978-0198247678
- Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 1.1 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,476,381 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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George Gemistos Plethon: The Last of the Hellenes (Oxford University Press academic monograph reprints) y First printing Edition
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I'm not sure if he succeeds. Woodhouse does provide the reader with a full-length translation of "De Diferentiis", the most important of Plethon's works, and summarizes his other philosophical works. However, he says next to nothing about the social and intellectual background. I understand that this wasn't the author's intention, but it does make the book a hard read for the uninitiated. Page up and page down, Woodhouse discusses which obscure Italian scribe met Plethon in what God-forsaken Italian town, and when. His sources are impeccable manuscript collections from the 15th century. I was especially impressed by Woodhouse's references to "Laonici Chalcocandylae Historiarum Demonstrationes", published in two volumes in Budapest 1922-27.
OK, seriously. "Gemistos Plethon: The Last of the Hellenes" is a super-scholarly work, and much as I admire the author's learning (I really do!), it did get tedious to read after a while.
But yes, Gemistos Plethon must have been a fascinating (and bizarre) character. He was around 80 years old when visiting Italy in conjunction with the church council at Ferrara-Florence, and yet it was this visit which became the turning point in his life.Read more ›