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Death and Immortality in Ancient Philosophy

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2020.03.22 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews A. G. Long, Death and Immortality in Ancient Philosophy, Cambridge University Press, 2019, 232pp., $99.99 (hbk), ISBN 9781107086593. Reviewed by Emily Austin, Wake Forest University A. G. Long's book is, thankfully, not a handbook. There are surprisingly few sustained scholarly treatments of death and immortality in Ancient Greek philosophy, and the world does not need another 'guide.' Long has produced a monograph that takes interpretive risks and gives due attention to neglected dimensions of well-travelled ancient authors. The book both requires and rewards careful study, a verdict that will admittedly serve as an enticement to many readers and a caution to others. Long divides the volume into two parts: 'Immortality' and 'Death.' It might seem strange to address the topics in that order, since humans who believe in immortality usually think the dying part comes first, as it does in the book's title. As I understand... Read More

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