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By Lucas Siorvanes

ISBN-10: 0585105669

ISBN-13: 9780585105666

Proclus, head of the Philosophy university at Athens for 50 years, used to be one of many major philosophical figures in past due Antiquity. Lucas Siorvanes the following introduces Proclus to English-language readers, discussing his metaphysics and idea of information and focusing specifically on his Neo-Platonism.

Proclus lived within the turbulent 5th century A.D., a time of struggles between Christians, Jews, and pagans, the invasion of Attila the Hun, the autumn of the Western Roman Empire, and the increase of the jap Roman Empire in Byzantium. whereas overdue Antiquity has been considered as a time of superstition and forbiddingly advanced philosophies, contemporary scholarship has proven it to be jam-packed with cultural and highbrow vigour. in the course of Proclus's tenure as head of the Philosophy institution, he systematized Neo-Platonism because the summit of historic Greek suggestion, introduced it to its height of effect, and have become liable for the shape during which it was once transmitted to the Byzantine, Western eu, and Islamic civilizations.

Siorvanes's wide unique learn provides Proclus as even more than simply a metaphysician. He surveys all of Proclus's philosophical interests—including faith, physics, astronomy, arithmetic, and poetry—revealing the philosopher's imperative main issue with the issues of being and data and touching on the information of Proclus to these of such different significant thinkers as Plato, Aristotle, and Ptolemy. to assist the newcomer, Siorvanes offers greater than 2 hundred quotations from Proclus's works. He additionally strains the effect of Proclus's Neo-Platonism throughout cultures, religions, and centuries, in such various parts as Christian and Islamic theologies, Renaissance artwork, Kepler's astronomy, Romantic poetry, Emerson's concept, smooth philosophy and technological know-how, and present well known phrases.

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O'Meara, 'Aspects of political philosophy in Iamblichus', in Divine Iamblichus, ed. Blumenthal and Clark, pp. 65-73. Panegyncus dictus Honorio Augusto Quartum Consuli, 14f. (I thank Jacqueline Long for the 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 10. 8--11. 11 . Unity-

43. 44. 45. 46. 47. Proclus problems. Neugebauer (1975) offered a more fleshed-out account, but did not venture an explanation. ): from the texts, I calculate that the 'Lot of Fortune' (which relates to material things) falls on 9 degrees Gemini (raw data), or I degree Leo (emended data). The 'Lot of Daimon' (which relates to soul and intellect) falls on 7 degrees Aquarius (raw data), or 7 degrees Sagittarius (emended data). The Dairnon belongs to the 'sect' of the sun. , bk 3, ch. 13). , ch. 10; but house divisions were changed by Porphyry).

Montagu,Journal ofthe Royal Society ofMedicine ( 1993), the average was as high as 72. For an analysis of the horoscope data: O. Neugebauer, A History of Ancient Mathematical Astronomy (Berlin, 1975), Part II, pp. 1,032-4. Most recent writers who take 412 as Proclus' year of birth rely on Saffrey and Westerink, Proclus. Theologie, vol. 1 (1968), p. x, who relied on O. Neugebauer and H . van H~en, Grrek Horoscopes, American ~hilosophical Society 48 (Philadelphia, 1959), pp. 135-6. Etienne Everard, 'La date de la nalssance de Proclus Ie neoplatonicien', Antiquiti Classique, 29 (1960), 137-41, also cited ~eugebauer (1959), but made explicit that the conflicting data cannot be reconciled.

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