Plato. Uniform title: [Omnia Platonis opera.] [Apanta ta toy Platonos
(romanized form)] Omnia Platonis opera. [Colophon: Venetiis, in aedib.
Aldi, et Andreae Soceri, 1513] Edited, with a poem in praise of Plato
and Pope Leo X by Marcus Musurus. With a dedicatory letter to Pope Leo X
by Aldus Manutius. Bookplate of Baron Landau.
This edition is based on very fine old manuscripts, including those found
by J. Lascaris on a mission to Mount Athos financed by Lorenzo de Medici.
A major Latin edition of Plato appeared in 1484 translated by Marsilio
Ficino. This edition by the great scholar-printed Aldus is the first Greek
Plato, 428?-347? BC, was a pupil and friend of Socrates, from whom he
inherited the methods of induction and definition. These Plato joined in
his "dialectic", the system of logical thinking which was to him the basis
of philosophical inquiry. The central part of Plato's wide-ranging work is
the theory of eternal and unchangeable "ideas" which are the "arch-types"
of all objects. Aristotle systematically coordinated Plato's ideas.