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The Neoplatonic School of Athens

in How Philosophers Saved Myths

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2004 | ISBN: 9780226075358
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226075389 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226075389.003.0007
The Neoplatonic School of Athens

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This chapter explains the induction of a spiritual genealogy by Proclus of the movement of which he was a part, the Platonic Theology. Here he was required to realize the project of the Neoplatonic School of Athens. Plato was a theologian and this was the postulate on which the School of Athens was based. This school looked upon Plato's work as a “sacred text” revealing, though in a different mode, the same truth that was revealed in other “sacred writings,” particularly those of Orpheus and the Chaldeans. Proclus sought systematic agreement between Plato, Pythagoras, Orpheus, and the Chaldean Oracles, and used words associated with the mysteries to write about them. According to Proclus, Hesoid should be fused to a certain extent with Homer and his own aim was to organize the life of his school, its curriculum, and the production of its works, to keep the spiritual vitality of paganism.

Keywords: Neoplatonic School of Athens; Proclus; Platonic Theology; Plato; theologian; sacred text; sacred writings; spiritual vitality

Chapter.  7935 words. 

Subjects: Classical Philosophy

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