By Pieter d'Hoine, Marije Martijn
Proclus (412-485 A.D.) used to be one of many final authentic "successors" of Plato on the head of the Academy in Athens on the finish of Antiquity, ahead of the varsity used to be eventually closed down in 529. As a prolific writer of systematic works on a variety of subject matters and probably the most influential commentators on Plato of all occasions, the legacy of Proclus within the cultural heritage of the west can hardly ever be overvalued.
This publication introduces the reader to Proclus' lifestyles and works, his position within the Platonic culture of Antiquity, and the effect his paintings exerted in later a while. quite a few chapters are dedicated to Proclus' metaphysical process, together with his doctrines in regards to the first precept of all fact, the single, and in regards to the kinds and the soul. The huge diversity of Proclus' inspiration is extra illustrated by way of highlighting his contribution to philosophy of nature, medical conception, thought of information, and philosophy of language. ultimately, additionally his most unique doctrines on evil and windfall, his Neoplatonic advantage ethics, his advanced perspectives on theology and non secular perform, and his metaphysical aesthetics obtain separate remedies.
This publication is the 1st to collect the top students within the box and to give a state-of-the-art of Proclean reports at the present time. In doing so, it offers the main complete advent to Proclus' notion at the moment available.
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When OUP CORRECTED PROOF – FINAL, 28/10/2016, SPi Proclus of Athens: A Life 58. 59. 60. 61. 62. 63. 64. 65. 66. 67. 68. 69. 70. 25 Marinus recollects what Proclus told him, he writes: ‘Ἐδόκει γὰρ τῷ φιλοσόφῳ ὄναρ φοιτᾶν παρ’ αὐτὸν εὐσχήμων τίς γυνή . . ’ It is believed that the statue was the work of Pheidias and stood between 7 and 16 m high. For a reconstruction of the visual impression of the statue on the Acropolis, see Travlos (1971: 69) with ﬁgs 88–9. The statue’s removal from Athens is a harsh symbol of the steep decline of the importance and power of the city in late antiquity.
148 Athanassiadi. Personalities no doubt played a role as well, but one can see, in a way, that Proclus, Isidore, and Damascius are philosophically cut from a similar sort of cloth, whereas Marinus stood at an oblique angle to the prevailing culture of speculative Platonism. He, together with colleagues like Domninus and Eutocius in the next generation, represented the mathematical side of Neoplatonism. 16. g. Phil. hist. (= V. ), Fr. 68 Athanassiadi: ‘Among Proclus’ pupils there was also another Zeno at the same time.
12. It is a curious fact that Marinus also composed a life of Proclus in poetry (ἐπικῶς), see Suda Μ 198 Adler (= FGH Cont. 1083 T12 Radicke): Μαρῖνος Νεαπολίτης, φιλόσοφος καὶ ῥήτωρ, μαθητὴς Πρόκλου τοῦ φιλοσόφου καὶ διάδοχος ἔγραψε βίον Πρόκλου τοῦ αὑτοῦ διδασκάλου καὶ καταλογάδην καὶ ἐπικῶς καὶ ἄλλα τινὰ φιλοσόφων ζητήματα. As part of the genre of late ancient Neoplatonic poetics, the work might be considered a response to Christian hagiographical poetry and almost certainly intended for a broader audience; for a discussion of this, see Agosti (2009).