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Best Greek Philosophy Books: The Ultimate Collection

Our list of some of the best Greek Philosophy books & series in recent years. Get inspired by one or more of the following books.

1. Greek Philosophy: Thales to Aristotle (Readings in the History of Philosophy) (1991)

Best Greek Philosophy Books: The Ultimate CollectionWidely praised for its accessibility and its concentration on the metaphysical issues that are most central to the history of Greek philosophy, Greek Philosophy: Thales to Aristotle offers a valuable introduction to the works of the Presocratics, Plato, and Aristotle. For the Third Edition, Professor Allen has provided new translations of Socrates’ speech in the Symposium and of the first five chapters of Aristotle’s Categories, as well as new selections bearing on Aristotle’s Theory of Infinity, Continuity, and Discreteness. The book also contains a general introduction which sets forth Professor Allen’s distinctive and now…
Author(s): Reginald E. Allen

2. Ancient Greek Philosophy: From the Presocratics to the Hellenistic Philosophers (2011)

Best Greek Philosophy Books: The Ultimate CollectionAncient Greek Philosophy: From the Presocratics to the Hellenistic Philosophers presents a comprehensive introduction to the philosophers and philosophical traditions that developed in ancient Greece from 585 BC to 529 AD….
Author(s): Thomas A. Blackson

3. Early Greek Philosophy (Penguin Classics) (2002)

Best Greek Philosophy Books: The Ultimate CollectionThe works collected in this volume form the true foundation of Western philosophy—the base upon which Plato and Aristotle and their successors would eventually build. Yet the importance of the Pre-Socratics thinkers lies less in their influence—great though that was—than in their astonishing intellectual ambition and imaginative reach. Zeno’s dizzying ‘proofs’ that motion is impossible; the extraordinary atomic theories of Democritus; the haunting and enigmatic epigrams of Heraclitus; and the maxims of Alcmaeon: fragmentary as they often are,…
Author(s): Various, Jonathan Barnes

4. Readings in Ancient Greek Philosophy: From Thales to Aristotle (2016)

Best Greek Philosophy Books: The Ultimate CollectionSoon after its publication, Readings in Ancient Greek Philosophy was hailed as the favorite to become "the 'standard' text for survey courses in ancient philosophy." More than twenty years later that prediction has been borne out: Readings in Ancient Greek Philosophy still stands as the leading anthology of its kind. It is now stronger than ever: The Fifth Edition of Readings in Ancient Greek Philosophy features a completely revised Aristotle unit, with new translations, as well as a newly revised glossary. The Plato unit offers new translations of the…
Author(s): S. Marc Cohen, Patricia Curd, et al.

5. Readings in Ancient Greek Philosophy: From Thales to Aristotle, 4th Edition by (2011-05-01) (1800)

Best Greek Philosophy Books: The Ultimate CollectionPaperback Publisher: Hackett Publishing Company, Inc.; 4th edition (2011-05-01) (1800) ASIN: B017V8CT8E Shipping Information: View shipping rates and policies Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,601,588 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?…
Author(s): Unknown

6. Philosophy in the Tragic Age of the Greeks (1996)

Best Greek Philosophy Books: The Ultimate CollectionFor Nietzsche the Age of Greek Tragedy was indeed a tragic age. He saw in it the rise and climax of values so dear to him that their subsequent drop into catastrophe (in the person of Socrates – Plato) was clearly foreshadowed as though these were events taking place in the theater.And so in this work, unpublished in his own day but written at the same time that his The Birth of Tragedy had so outraged the German professorate as to imperil his own academic career, his most deeply felt task was one of education. He wanted to present the culture of the Greeks as a paradigm to his young German contemporaries who might thus be persuaded to…
Author(s): Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, Marianne Cowan

7. Introductory Readings in Ancient Greek and Roman Philosophy (2015)

Best Greek Philosophy Books: The Ultimate CollectionThis concise anthology of primary sources designed for use in an ancient philosophy survey ranges from the Presocratics to Plato, Aristotle, the Hellenistic philosophers, and the Neoplatonists.   The Second Edition features an amplified selection of Presocratic fragments in newly revised translations by Richard D. McKirahan. Also included is an expansion of the Hellenistic unit, featuring new selections from Lucretius and Sextus Empiricus as well as a new translation, by Peter J. Anderson, of most of Seneca's De Providentia. The selections from Plotinus have also been expanded….
Author(s): Patrick Lee Miller, C. D. C. Reeve, et al.

8. Wisdom from Ancient Greek Philosophy: Uncovering Stoicism and a Daily Stoic Journal: A Collection of Stoicism and Greek Philosophy (Stoicism and Daily Stoic) (2018)

Best Greek Philosophy Books: The Ultimate CollectionWisdom from Ancient Greek Philosophy This collection will teach  you everything you need to know about Greek Philosphy from immortal thinkers and be able to apply it to your daily life. This book is written by an expert on Greek philiosphy (George Tanner) and is a collection of his classic books: Stoicism: A Detailed Breakdown of Stoicism Philosophy and Wisdom from the Greats AND Daily Stoic: A Daily Journal : On Meditation, Stoicism, Wisdom and Philosophy to Improve Your Life.Stoicism is an active philosophy. That means that it is not enough to know its doctrines, one must…
Author(s): George Tanner

9. The Dream of Reason: A History of Western Philosophy from the Greeks to the Renaissance (New Edition) (2016)

Best Greek Philosophy Books: The Ultimate Collection“His book…supplant[s] all others, even the immensely successful History of Western Philosophy by Bertrand Russell.”―A. C. Grayling Already a classic, this landmark study of early Western thought now appears in a new edition with expanded coverage of the Middle Ages. This landmark study of Western thought takes a fresh look at the writings of the great thinkers of classic philosophy and questions many pieces of conventional wisdom. The book invites comparison with Bertrand Russell’s monumental History of Western Philosophy, “but Gottlieb’s book is less idiosyncratic and based on more…
Author(s): Anthony Gottlieb

10. Meditations (Penguin Classics) (1995)

Best Greek Philosophy Books: The Ultimate CollectionBook by EMPEROR OF ROME MARCUS AURELIUS…
Author(s): Marcus Aurelius, Maxwell Staniforth

11. A History of Western Philosophy (1967)

Best Greek Philosophy Books: The Ultimate CollectionHailed as “lucid and magisterial” by The Observer, this book is universally acclaimed as the outstanding one-volume work on the subject of Western philosophy.Considered to be one of the most important philosophical works of all time, the History of Western Philosophy is a dazzlingly unique exploration of the ideologies of significant philosophers throughout the ages—from Plato and Aristotle through to Spinoza, Kant and the twentieth century. Written by a man who changed the history of philosophy himself, this is an account that has never been rivaled since its first publication over sixty…
Author(s): Bertrand Russell

12. The Hermetica: The Lost Wisdom of the Pharaohs (2008)

Best Greek Philosophy Books: The Ultimate CollectionHere is an essential digest of the Greco-Egyptian writings attributed to the legendary sage-god Hermes Trismegistus (Greek for thrice-greatest Hermes), a combination of the Egyptian Thoth and the Greek Hermes. The figure of Hermes was venerated as a great and mythical teacher in the ancient world and was rediscovered by the finest minds of the Renaissance. The writings attributed to his hand are a time capsule of Egyptian and Greek esoteric philosophy and have influenced figures including Blake, Newton, Milton, Shelley, Shakespeare, Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, and Jung. Providing a fascinating introduction to the intersection of…
Author(s): Timothy Freke, Peter Gandy

Best Greek Philosophy Books: The Ultimate Collection

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Soul and Mind in Greek Thought. Psychological Issues in Plato and Aristotle

Author(s): Marcelo D. Boeri, Yasuhira Y. Kanayama, Jorge Mittelmann (eds.)
Publisher: Springer, Year: 2018, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2228603

Studies in Early Greek Philosophy: A Collection of Papers and One Review

Author(s): Mansfeld, J.
Publisher: Brill, Year: 2018, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2299796

The Parva naturalia in Greek, Arabic and Latin Aristotelianism: Supplementing the Science of the Soul

Author(s): Börje Bydén, Filip Radovic
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2018, Size: 5 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2310389

The Metaphysics of the Pythagorean Theorem: Thales, Pythagoras, Engineering, Diagrams, and the Construction of the Cosmos Out of Right Triangles

Author(s): Robert Hahn
Publisher: State University of New York Press, Year: 2017, Size: 5 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1682718

Continental Philosophy and the Palestinian Question: Beyond the Jew and the Greek

Author(s): Zahi Zalloua
Publisher: Bloomsbury, Year: 2017, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2172449

Strategies of Polemics in Greek and Roman Philosophy

Author(s): Sharon Weisser, Naly Thaler
Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Year: 2016, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1556715

Topography and Deep Structure in Plato: The Construction of Place in the Dialogues

Author(s): Clinton Debevoise Corcoran
Publisher: State Univ of New York Pr, Year: 2016, Size: 3 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 1685652

Virtue and Knowledge: An Introduction to Ancient Greek Ethics

Author(s): William J. Prior
Publisher: Routledge, Year: 2016, Size: 2 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2213211

Please note that this booklist is not final. Some books are absolutely record-breakers according to Los Angeles Times, others are written by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant books you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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