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Numenius

Overview page. Subjects: Classical Studies.

Of Apamea (2nd cent. ad), leading Platonist (also referred to as a Pythagorean). Substantial fragments of two of his works survive: a metaphysical dialogue On the Good and a history ...

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oracle

Overview page. Subjects: Classical Studies.

A priest or priestess acting as a medium through whom advice or prophecy was sought from the gods in classical antiquity, or a place at which such advice or prophecy was sought; in extended...

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Proclus

Overview page. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

(410/12–485) Neoplatonic philosopher; head of the Athenian Academy.

His works include summaries of Neoplatonic metaphysics and commentaries on Platonic dialogues. He was...

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theurgy

Overview page. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500) — Classical Studies.

Was a form of pagan religious magic taken up by the later Neoplatonists. It covered a range of magical practices, from rain‐making and cures to animating statues of the gods. Like other...

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Zoroastrianism

Overview page. Subjects: Religion.

Iranian religion derived from the teachings of Zoroaster (Zarathustra) (probably early-second millennium bc), which still has devotees (e.g. the Parsees of India). The most important...

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