The belief in the immortality of the soul has been described as one of the “twin pillars of Platonism” and is famously defended by Socrates in Plato’s Phaedo. The ancient commentaries on the dialogue by Olympiodorus and Damascius offer a unique perspective on the reception of this belief in the Platonic tradition. Through a detailed discussion of topics such as suicide, the life of the philosopher and arguments for immortality, this study demonstrates the commentators’ serious engagement with problems in Plato’s text as well as the dialogue's importance to Neoplatonic ethics. The book will be of interest to students of Plato and the Platonic tradition, and to those working on ancient ethics and psychology.
Death and Immortality in Late Neoplatonism
John Cleary. Edited by John Dillon, Trinity College Dublin, Brendan O'Byrne, Trinity College Dublin and Fran O'Rourke, University College Dublin
John J. Cleary (1949–2009) was an internationally recognised authority in ancient Greek philosophy. This volume of penetrating studies of Plato, Aristotle, and Proclus, philosophy of mathematics, and ancient theories of education, display Cleary’s range of expertise and originality of approach.
Edited by Lautaro Roig Lanzillotta, University of Groningen, and Israel Muñoz Gallarte, University of Córdoba
Either as insider or as sensitive observer, Plutarch provides us with exceptional evidence to reconstruct the spiritual and intellectual atmosphere of the first centuries CE. This collection of articles sheds important light on the religious and philosophical discourse of Late Antiquity.
Edited by Eugene Afonasin, John Dillon, and John F. Finamore
Drawing on recent scholarship and delving systematically into Iamblichean texts, these ten papers establish Iamblichus as the great innovator of Neoplatonic philosophy who broadened its appeal for future generations of philosophers.
Sarah Klitenic Wear
This books delves into the major tenets of Syrianus' philosophical teachings on the Timaeus and Parmenides based on the testimonia of Proclus, as found in Proclus' commentaries on Plato's Timaeus and Parmenides, and Damascius, as reported in his On First Principles and commentary on Plato's ...
Edited by Maha Elkaisy-Friemuth and John M. Dillon
This volume of essays presents a selection of studies in the ways in which Platonist psychology is adapted to the needs of thinkers in the three great religious traditions of later antiquity, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. The authors are all acknowledged experts in their own fields, as well ...
Anthony Lo Bello
The Commentary of al-Nayrizi (circa 920) on Euclid’s Elements occupies an important place in the history of mathematics and of philosophy. The present work presents an annotated English translation of Books II-IV and of a hitherto lost portion of Book I.
Michael F. Wagner
This book integrates interdsciplinary work with philosophical analyses to explain facets of the perennial question of time's nature and existence, both in its contemporary and its original classical contexts, and it explains the two most influential investigations of the topic in classical ...
This book offers a study of the medieval Georgian translation of Proklos' Elementatio Theologica. It establishes ist significance for the Greek text and provides first insights into the textual and philosophical significance of Georgian translations and commentaries of Greek texts.
This book examines Proclus' doctrine of evil in light of the tradition of exegesis of Plato's treatment of evil within the schools of ancient Platonism, from Middle Platonism to early Neoplatonism.
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