Durham University

Project Academy Workshop 3

Philip of Opus, Hermodorus of Syracuse, the Index Academicorum

Description and organization

Speakers, Respondents, and Chairs: Edoardo Benati (SNS-Pisa), Matilde Berti (Durham), Giulia Bonasio (Durham), Carlo Cacciatori (Durham), Giulia De Cesaris (KU Leuven), Pia De Simone (Trier), Eyjólfur Emilsson (Oslo), Kilian Fleischer (Wϋrzburg), Roberto Granieri (KU Leuven), Phillip Horky (Durham), Claudia Luchetti (Tϋbingen), Irmgard Männlein-Robert (Tϋbingen), Maria Cristina Mennutti (Durham), Anna Marmodoro (Durham), Federico Petrucci (Torino), Alessio Santoro (Lyon), Cesare Sinatti (Durham), Karl-Heinz Stanzel (Tϋbingen)

Project Academy is a partnership of scholars based in Durham and Tϋbingen, with the aim of developing a major initiative in the study of the Platonic tradition. At the heart of this project will be a series of critical editions, English and German translations, and commentaries of the fragments (and testimonies) of the members of Plato’s Early (or ‘Old’) Academy (ca. 380–266 BCE). Despite the historical importance of the Early Academy, the fragments of those philosophers who were its members are generally inaccessible: they have never been translated into English or German as a whole, and many of the most recent critical editions date from forty years ago and are difficult to obtain. The English-language editions will eventually be published in the new book series Cambridge Texts and Studies in Platonism (Cambridge University Press).

The third workshop in Durham, delayed from April 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will focus on the methodological and philosophical problems related to three figures of significant interest to the history of Early Platonism: Plato’s amanuensis Philip of Opus, the metaphysician Hermodorus of Syracuse, and the historian/s who contributed to the Index Academicorum, the papyrus history of the Academy found in Herculaneum. Previous workshops treated Speusippus of Athens (Durham, February 2019) and Xenocrates of Chalcedon (Tϋbingen, November 2019). The final workshop in Tϋbingen (TBD) will focus on figures of importance to the later period of the Early Academy, including Polemo of Athens, Crantor of Soli, and Crates of Athens.

 If you would like to participate in this workshop or have other questions concerning Project Academy, please email the Durham co-organizer, Phillip Horky (Phillip.Horky@Durham.ac.uk) by Monday 13 June, 12pm GMT. We have limited funds to support early career scholars and postgraduate students to attend the workshop in person. If you are an early career scholar or postgraduate student and would like to be considered for funding support, please email Dr Horky with a description of why you would like to attend the workshop (200 words or less) and a short provisional budget of travel costs by Monday 13 June, 12pm GMT. If you would like to attend the workshop remotely, please email Dr Horky  by Monday 20 June, 12pm GMT, stating your wish to attend via Zoom.


Philip Horky

The Idea of Semitic Monotheism

Stroumsa, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2021


The Idea of Semitic Monotheism examines some major aspects of the scholarly study of religion in the long nineteenth century–from the Enlightenment to the First World War. It aims to understand the new status of Judaism and Islam in the formative period of the new discipline. Guy G. Stroumsa focuses on the concept of Semitic monotheism, a concept developed by Ernest Renan around the mid-nineteenth century on the basis of the postulated and highly problematic contradistinction between Aryan and Semitic families of peoples, cultures, and religions. This contradistinction grew from the Western discovery of Sanskrit and its relationship with European languages, at the time of the Enlightenment and Romanticism. Together with the rise of scholarly Orientalism, this discovery offered new perspectives on the East, as a consequence of which the Near East was demoted from its traditional status as the locus of the Biblical revelations.

This innovative work studies a central issue in the modern study of religion. Doing so, however, it emphasizes the new dualistic taxonomy of religions had major consequences and sheds new light on the roots of European attitudes to Jews and Muslims in the twentieth century, up to the present day.

Table of contents

Introduction: The Study of Religion and the Spirit of Orientalism
1. Varieties of Monotheism and the Three Rings
2. The Enlightenment’s Paradigm Shift and the Three Impostors
3. Aryans, Semites, and Jewish Scholars
4. Cultural Transfers and Philologia orientalis
5. Semitic Monotheism: Renan on Judaism and Islam
6. A Jesus of White Marble or a Jesus in the Flesh?
7. Secular Scholarship in France: Catholics, Protestants, and Jews
8. From the Quarrel of Monotheism to the Babel-Bibel Controversy
9. Semitic Religion and Sacrificial Ritual
10. Sacrifice Compared: Israel and India
Conclusion: Comparing Monotheisms

(Text from the publisher)



Études Platoniciennes

Le retour de l’âme

Paris: Les Belles Lettres


Le numéro XVII des Études Platoniciennes est consacré au thème du retour de l’âme dans la tradition platonicienne. Conformément à ses statuts, la rédaction des Études Platoniciennes a confié à un éditeur le soin de coordonner le dossier. Nous adressons nos remerciements à Camille Guigon et Pauline Rates qui ont mené à bien ce travail.

Arnaud Macé a dirigé le Bulletin platonicien, nous lui exprimons notre gratitude.

Le secrétariat éditorial a été assuré par Pauline Sabrier et Olivier Renaut.

(Texte des éditeurs)

Table de matières

Camille Guigon et Pauline Rates. Introduction.
Mauro Bonazzi. Le platonisme : une philosophie de l’exil ?
Fabienne Jourdan. Le retour de l’âme à son lieu d’origine après la mort et sa descente ici-bas selon Numénius.
Marco Zambon. Retour de l’âme et salut de l’homme chez Origène d’Alexandrie [Texte intégral]. 
Luc Brisson. Descente et retour de l’âme chez Plotin et chez Porphyre [Texte intégral]. 
Thomas Vidart. The reactivation of the printed marks coming from the intelligible realities according to Plotinus. 
Christian Girard. L’unité de l’âme, au péril de l’homme ? [Texte intégral]. 
Daniela Patrizia Taormina. Jamblique. L’âme et ses parcours d’élévation [Texte intégral]. 
Pauline Rates. Métamorphoses du thème du retour de l’âme du De Regressu de Porphyre au livre X du De civitate Dei [Texte intégral]. 
Anne-Claire Lozier. À la recherche d’un bonheur éternel : Augustin face au retour sempiternel et à la métempsychose (Cité de Dieu XII, 21) [Texte intégral]. 
Carlos Steel. Le retour de l’âme à l’intellect. Lectures neo-platoniciennes du De Anima III 4-5 d’Aristote [Texte intégral]. 
John Dillon. L’ivresse de l’intellect : quelques réflexions au sujet du récit plotinien de l’Ascension [Texte intégral]. 
La revue accepte de publier des dossiers thématiques. 
La revue accepte de recevoir des propositions de comptes rendus d’ouvrages.
Onassis Foundation

Entre Athènes & Alexandrie. Platonisme(s)



« Entre Athènes & Alexandrie. Platonisme(s), 3e-7e s. de n.è. » étudie la relation entre les écoles néoplatoniciennes d’Athènes et d’Alexandrie ainsi que les origines alexandrines du néoplatonisme, notamment la manière dont les doctrines de Plotin sont abordées par les philosophes néoplatoniciens plus tardifs. Le projet est soutenu par la Fondation A. S. Onassis et accueilli par l’Institut d’études méditerranéennes Fondation de la technologie et de la recherche Hellas (IMS-FORTH) en collaboration avec le Centre Alexandrin d’études hellénistiques (ACHS) de la Bibliothèque Alexandrina.


« Intellect Sober, Intellect Drunk : Some Reflections on the Plotinian Ascent Narrative », John Dillon

La conférence aura lieu le mardi 22 mars à 19h (heure d’Athènes & Alexandrie), 18h (heure de Paris), 17h (heure de Londres) sur la plateforme ZOOM.


Irini-Fotini Viltanioti


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The Origins of Gnosticism / Le origini dello gnosticismo

Bianchi (Ed.), Leiden: Brill, 1967


Colloquium of Messina, 13–18 April 1966. Texts and Discussions. Published with the Help of the Consiglo Nazionale delle Ricerche della Repubblica Italiana. 

(Text from the publisher)

Table of contents

Preliminary Material, p. I–XXXII

Le problème des origines du gnosticisme, p. 1–27

Les origines du gnosticisme et l’histoire des religions, p. 28–60

Der Stand der Veröffentlichung der Nag Hammadi-Texte, p. 61–89

Delimitation of the gnostic phenomenon—typological and historical, p. 90–108

Der jüdische und judenchristliche Hintergrund in gnostischen Texten von Nag Hammadi, p. 109–140

Les êtres intermédiaires dans le judaïsme tardif, p. 141–157

Bemerkungen zu den Methoden der Ursprungsbestimmung von Gnosis, p. 159–173

Towards a definition of Gnosticism, p. 174–180

Zur Definition der Gnosis in Rücksicht auf die Frage nach ihrem Ursprung, p. 181–189

Die „ersten Gnostiker” Simon und Menander, p. 190–196

Die Apophasis Megale, eine Grundschrift der Gnosis?, p. 197–202

Die Person der Sophia in der vierten Schrift des Codex Jung, p. 203–214

La théologie de l’histoire dans la gnose valentinienne, p. 215–226

The Egyptian Background of Gnosticism, p. 227–237

Gnosis und ägyptische Religion, p. 238–247

Letture iraniche per l’origine e la definizione tipologica di gnosi, p. 249–264

Erlösendes Wissen, p. 265–280

La gnosi iranica, p. 281–290

Ist die Gnosis in aramäischen Weisheitsschulen entstanden?, p. 291–301

Zum Problem: Mesopotamien (Babylonien) und Gnostizismus, p. 302–306

Bardaiṣan, die Bardaiṣaniten und die Ursprünge des Gnostizismus, p. 307–314

Religion, Philosophie und Gnosis: Grenzfälle und Pseudomorphosen in der Spätantike, p. 315–322

Éléments d’une mythopée gnostique dans la Grèce classique, p. 323–339

Dieu Cosmique et Dualisme, p. 340–356

Éléments gnostiques chez Philon, p. 357–376

Qumran and gnosticism, p. 377–388

The nature of gnosticism in Qumran, p. 389–400

Essénisme et gnose chez le Pseudo-Philon, p. 401–410

Considerazioni sulle origini dello gnosticismo in relazione al giudaismo, p. 411–426

Die „Himmelsreise der Seele” Ausserhalb und Innerhalb der Gnosis, p. 427–447

Le mauvais gouvernement du monde d’après le gnosticisme, p. 448–459

Le mythe des sept archontes créateurs peut-il s’expliquer à partir du christianisme?, p. 460–487

Le thème de la fornication des anges, p. 488–495

Sleep and awakening in gnostic texts, p. 496–507

Gnosis, Gnosticism and the New Testament, p. 509–527

Judenchristentum und Gnosis, p. 528–537

Saint Paul et le gnosticisme, p. 538–551

Gnostic and canonical gospel traditions, p. 552–562

Urchristliches Kerygma und „gnostische” Interpretation in einigen Sprüchen des Thomasevangeliums, p. 563–574

Early Syriac Christianity – gnostic?, p. 575–579

Probleme einer Entwicklungsgeschichte der mandäischen Religion, p. 581–596

Il salterio manicheo e la gnosi giudaico-cristiana, p. 597–603

Mani’s conception of gnosis, p. 604–613

La gnose dans les textes liturgiques manichéens coptes, p. 614–624

Makarius und das Lied von der Perle, p. 625–644

Sur le gnosticisme en Arménie: les livres d’Adam, p. 645–648

Buddhism and Gnosis, p. 649–667

Some notes on a sociological approach to Gnosticism, p. 668–675

Elemente gnostischer Religiosität in altamerikanischen Religionen, p. 676–687



Foro di Studi Avanzati Gaetano Massa 2022

FSA Roma Annual Conference 2022

Philosophy, Theology, Aestetics, Religion from Antiquity to the Renaissance

Description and organization

7th annual conference of the Foro di Studi Avanzati Gaetano Massa 2022: Renaissance, Ancient, Medieval and Modern Patterns. Philosophy, Theology, Aestetics, Religion from Antiquity to the Renaissance. From 27th to 31st May 2022.

FSA Gateano Massa is a Network whose purpose is to provide an intellectual setting where scholars of philosophy, theology, religion and classics gather to share and compare their perspectives on the meaning and significance of their collective research


May 27 Friday: Foro di Alti Studi Gaetano Massa

16h00 Introduction

16h30 Presentation of FSA Academic Fellows

16h50 Presentation of FSA Arts Fellows

17h – 19h Light and Vision in Marsilio Ficino

19h Discussioon

May 28 Saturday: Foro di Alti Studi Riccardo Campa

9h – 9h45 Mapping Epistemologies I

9h45 Discussion

10h15 – 10h45 Mapping Epistemologies II

10h45 Discussion

11h – 12h30 Aesthetics of the Self

12h30 Discussion

13h Common Lunch, Casa Maria Immacolata

15h – 16h45 Aesthetics of the Self

16h45 Discussion

17h15 – 19h30 Mapping Mind

19h30 Discussion

May 29 Saturday: Foro di Alti Studi Patrick Atherton

9h – 9h45 Nous in the Greek Patres

9h45 Discussion

10h – 11h Plotinus’ Role in Shaping Augustine’s Conception of Mind

11h Discussion

11h30 – 12h30 Later Platonism and Gnosticism

12h30 Discussion


14h – 15h30 Thinking Causes: Fluxus I

15h30 Discussion

16h – 17h30 Thinking Causes: Fluxus II

17h30 Discussion

21h Concerto Sala Casella, Accademia Filarmonica Romana

May 30 Monday: Foro di Alti Studi John D. Turner

9h – 10h30 Roman Religions

10h30 Discussion

11h – 12h30 Rethinking Cusanus

12h30 Discussion


14h – 15h30 Varieties of English Platonism

15h30 Discussion

16h00 – 17h30 Justice and Fictions

17h30 Discussion

May 31 Tuesday: Foro di Alti Studi Jacob Neusner

9h – 10h30 Anabaseis and Katabaseis in Jung’s Psychology

10h30 Discussion

11h – 13h30 Knowledge: Cultural and Political Myths in the 19th and 20th Centuries

13h30 Discussion

14h Business Meeting


Robert Berchman – berchmanrob@earthlink.net

Eleonora Zeper – eleonora.zeper@gmail.com

Complete programm on the FSA’s Facebook page @FSAGaetanoMassa



Plato Research Guide


This LibGuide is for the φιλοπλάτωνος!

The reference material on Πλάτων (Plato) is found in several locations: Religious Studies and Philosophy Library (B 351-B 399 non-circulating), Greek and Latin Reading Room (PA 3104, PA 3404-PA 3405, PA 3612, and PA 4279-PA 4333 non-circulating), and Stacks (B 355-B 399 and PA 4279-PA 4333).  Circulating material is found in the Mullen Library stacks. Check the WRLC catalog for monographs and journals that could be applicable to your topic. Check the CU’s e-journals for full text journal articles online.

(Text by the organizers)



Dead See Scrolls Digital Library


The Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) is very proud to present the Leon Levy Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Library, a free online digitized virtual library of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Hundreds of manuscripts made up of thousands of fragments – discovered from 1947 and until the early 1960’s in the Judean Desert along the western shore of the Dead Sea – are now available to the public online. The high resolution images are extremely detailed and can be accessed through various search options on the site.

With the generous lead support of the Leon Levy Foundation and additional generous support of the Arcadia Fund, the Israel Antiquities Authority and Google joined forces to develop the most advanced imaging and web technologies to bring to the web hundreds of Dead Sea Scrolls images as well as specially developed supporting resources in a user-friendly platform intended for the public, students and scholars alike.

The launch of the Leon Levy Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Library comes some 11 years after the completion of the publication of the Dead Sea Scrolls, initiated and sponsored by the IAA, and 65 years after the first scrolls were unearthed in the Caves of Qumran. This digital library is another example of the IAA’s vision and mission, to make these ancient texts freely available and accessible to people around the world. The Leon Levy Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Library represents a new milestone in the annals of the story of one of the greatest manuscript finds of all times.

(Text by the organisers)



University of St Andwers

Philosophy and Religion

in Ancient Greece and the Islamic World

Description and organization

The School of Classics at St Andrews is holding a one-day workshop on the interface between philosophy and religion in the ancient Greek and Islamic worlds. The workshop will be held in person (School of Classics, Room S11) and online (via MS Teams).

Organisers: Olaf Almqvist (oha1@st-andrews.ac.uk) and Alex Long (agl10@st-andrews.ac.uk).



9.30am Olaf Almqvist, St Andrews
‘God is day night, winter summer, war peace, golden winged, two horned, and born from an egg: Reflections on the Orphic Protogonos and Presocratic Theology’

10.30am Tom Harrison, St Andrews
‘The unknowability of the divine in classical Greek thought’

[short break]

12 noon Zhenyu Cai, Cambridge
‘Al-Fārābī, Avicenna, and Averroes on Reason and Revelation’


1.30pm Fedor Benevich, Edinburgh
‘Personal Identity in Islamic Philosophy of Religion’

2.30pm Feriel Bouhafa, Cambridge
‘Different Grounds for Human Moral Obligation (Taklīf) in Islamic Theology and Philosophy’

[short break]

4pm Peter Adamson, LMU
‘Do Giraffes Have an Afterlife? A Muslim Theologian-Philosopher on Animal Souls’