The Golden Chain: Studies in the Development of Platonism and Christianity (Collected Studies ; Cs333)

 
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This volume gathers together a series of widely-scattered articles concerned with the great tradition of Platonic scholarship - "The golden Chain" - from the time of Plato himself up into the period of Middle Platonism. The main emphasis, however, is on the first three centuries AD. The first articles address the question of what exactly was the nature of the Platonic school at various stages of its development and what kind of organization the "Academy" may have had. The following ones present studies on figures from Speusippus in the Old Academy, through Philo of Alexandria and Origen (more honorary members of the Golden Chain), to Plotinus, Iamblichus and Proclus, and on some more general issues, such as the fall of the soul, which span much of the period.

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