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Encyclopedia > John Burnet (classicist)

John Burnet (18631928) was a Scottish classicist. He was Professor of Greek at the University of St. Andrews. 1863 (MDCCCLXIII) is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Saturday of the Julian calendar). ... 1928 (MCMXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... Motto: Nemo me impune lacessit (English: No one provokes me with impunity) Scotlands location within Europe Scotlands location within the United Kingdom Languages English, Gaelic, Scots Capital Edinburgh Largest city Glasgow First Minister Jack McConnell Area - Total - % water Ranked 2nd UK 78,782 km² 1. ... Classics, particularly within the Western University tradition, when used as a singular noun, means the study of the language, literature, history, art, and other aspects of Greek and Roman culture during the time frame known as classical antiquity. ... University of St Andrews The University of St Andrews was founded between 1410-1413 and is the oldest university in Scotland and the third oldest in the United Kingdom. ...

Burnet is best known for his work on Plato, particularly his argument that the figure of Socrates as Plato represents him is historically accurate. He also maintained that Socrates was closely connected to the early Greek philosophical tradition, now generally known as Pre-Socratic philosophy; Burnet believed that Socrates had been in his youth the disciple of Archelaus, a member of the Anaxagorean tradition (Burnet 1924, vi). His philological work on Plato is still widely read, and his editions have been considered authoritative for 100 years. Plato ( Greek: Πλάτων, Plátōn, wide, broad-shouldered) (c. ... This article is about the ancient Greek philosopher. ... The Pre-Socratic philosophers were active before Socrates, who exerted tremendous influence on later thought. ... Archelaus was a Greek philosopher of the 5th century BCE, born probably in Athens, though Diogenes Laërtius (ii. ... Anaxagoras Anaxagoras (c. ... Philology is the study of ancient texts and languages. ...


Major works

  • Early Greek Philosophy. London and Edinburgh: A. and C. Black, 1892.
  • Greek Philosophy: Thales to Plato. London, MacMillan, 1920.

Editions edited and annotated by Burnet

  • Platonis Opera: Recognovit Brevique Adnotatione Critica Instruxit (as Ioannes Burnet). Oxford: Oxford Classical Texts, 1900–1907.
  • Plato: Phaedo. Oxford: Clarendon, 1911.
  • Plato: Euthyphro, Apology of Socrates, Crito. Oxford: Clarendon, 1924.



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