Nouvelle collection « Sophia »


« Sophia. Studi interdisciplinari sul mondo antico » 

Collection fondée et dirigée par Elisabetta Berardi, Maria Paola Castiglioni, Marie-Laurence Desclos, Paola Dolcetti.

Sophia a pour but d’offrir aux recherches interdisciplinaires sur le monde antique un espace de rencontre et de confrontation qui entrecroise les compétences et les méthodes de la philosophie, de l’histoire, de la philologie, des langues et des littératures grecque et latine. Afin de construire ce lieu de partage entre les différents savoirs et de présenter à la communauté scientifique des contenus tout à la fois rigoureux et constamment actualisés, la Série acueillera des monographies, des collectifs ainsi que des éditions commentées de textes anciens, inspirés par la même approche et mobilisant les mêmes outils. Les travaux dans les principales langues européennes sont acceptés.

Mystik und Literatur: Interdisziplinäre Perspektiven (Heidelberger Forschungen) 


Giulia Agostini (Hg.), Michael Schulz (Hg.)

Erscheint voraussichtlich: 30.06.2019


Der interdisziplinär angelegte Band hat zum Ziel, das Thema der Mystik aus literatur-wissenschaftlicher, philosophisch-interkultureller und theologisch-interreligiöser Perspektive zu beleuchten. Dabei geht es insbesondere um eine epochenübergreifende Auseinandersetzung mit der Frage nach dem Verhältnis von Mystik und Literatur vom Mittelalter bis in die Gegenwart. Innerhalb dieses weitgespannten Bogens soll der systematische Perspektiven eröffnenden Begegnung zwischen Literaturwissenschaft, Theologie und Philosophie besonderes Gewicht zukommen.

(Text by the editors)

Edited by : Stanley E. Porter and Andrew W. Pitts, 2018


Series: Texts and Editions for New Testament Study, Volume: 12

Christian Origins and the Establishment of the Early Jesus Movement explores the events, people, and writings surrounding the founding of the early Jesus movement in the mid to late first century. The essays are divided into four parts, focused upon the movement’s formation, the production of its early Gospels, description of the Jesus movement itself, and the Jewish mission and its literature. This collection of essays includes chapters by a global cast of scholars from a variety of methodological and critical viewpoints, and continues the important Early Christianity in its Hellenistic Context series. (Text by the editors)


Contents :



List of Contributors


Christian Origins and the Establishment of the Early Jesus Movement: An Introduction – By: Stanley E. Porter and Andrew W. Pitts


The Formation of the Jesus Movement and Its Precursors

John the Baptist in the Fourth Gospel – By: Clare K. Rothschild

John’s Baptist in Luke’s Gospel – By: John DelHousaye

From John to Apollos to Paul: How the Baptism of John Entered the Jesus Movement – By: Stephen J. Patterson

Followers, Servants, and Traitors: The Representation of Disciples in the Synoptic Gospels and in Ancient Judaism – By: Catherine Hezser


Production of Early Christian Gospels

The Pre-citation Fallacy in New Testament Scholarship and Sanders’s Tendencies of the Synoptic Tradition – By: Stanley E. Porter and Andrew W. Pitts

Was Matthew a Plagiarist? Plagiarism in Greco-Roman Antiquity – By: E. Randolph Richards

Compositional Techniques within Plutarch and the Gospel Tradition – By: Michael R. Licona

The Narrative Perspective of the Fourth Gospel – By: Hans Förster

Assessing the Criteria for Differentiating the Cross Gospel – By: Stanley E. Porter and Andrew W. Pitts


Early Christian Descriptions of the Jesus Movement

From Jesus to Lord and Other Contributions of the Early Aramaic-Speaking Congregation in Jerusalem – By: F. Stanley Jones

Did Jesus, in the Memory of His Earliest Followers, Ever Nurse the Sick? – By: Steven Thompson

The Kingdom of God is among You: Prospects for a Q Community – By: Sarah E. Rollens

An Imminent Parousia and Christian Mission: Did the New Testament Writers Really Expect Jesus’s Imminent Return? – By: Mark Keown

Christian Origins and Imperial-Critical Studies of the New Testament Gospels – By: Warren Carter

“No Stone Left upon Another”: Considering Mark’s Temple Motif in Narrative and History – By: Adam Winn

The Holy Spirit as Witness of Jesus in the Canonical Gospels – By: Judith Stack

New Exodus Traditions in Earliest Christianity – By: Nicholas Perrin

Sea Storms, Divine Rescues, and the Tribulation: The Jonah Motif in the Book of Matthew – By: Susan M. Rieske

The Parables of Jesus and Socrates – By: Adam Z. Wright


The Jewish Mission and Its Literature

Why Have We Stopped Reading the Catholic Epistles Together? Tracing the Early Reception of a Collection – By: Darian Lockett

A Jewish Denial: 1 John and the Johannine Mission – By: Matthew Jensen

Love One Another and Love the World: The Love Command and Jewish Ethics in the Johannine Community – By: Beth M. Stovell

The New Perspective (on Paul) on Peter: Cornelius’s Conversion, the Antioch Incident, and Peter’s Stance towards Gentiles in the Light of the Philosophy of Historiography – By: Christoph Heilig

Tradition as Interpretation: Linguistic Structure and the Citation of Scripture in 1 Peter 2:1–10 – By: Andrew W. Pitts

1 Peter and the Theological Logic of Christian Familial Imagery – By: Matthew R. Malcolm

Aesthetics of Religion

A Connective Concept

Ed. by Grieser, Alexandra K., Johnston, Jay


This volume is the first English language presentation of the innovative approaches developed in the aesthetics of religion. The chapters present diverse material and detailed analysis on descriptive, methodological and theoretical concepts that together explore the potential of an aesthetic approach for investigating religion as a sensory and mediated practice. In dialogue with, yet different from, other major movements in the field (material culture, anthropology of the senses, for instance), it is the specific intent of this approach to create a framework for understanding the interplay between sensory, cognitive and socio-cultural aspects of world-construction. The volume demonstrates that aesthetics, as a theory of sensory knowledge, offers an elaborate repertoire of concepts that can help to understand religious traditions. These approaches take into account contemporary developments in scientific theories of perception, neuro-aesthetics and cultural studies, highlighting the socio-cultural and political context informing how humans perceive themselves and the world around them. Developing since the 1990s, the aesthetic approach has responded to debates in the study of religion, in particular striving to overcome biased categories that confined religion either to texts and abstract beliefs, or to an indisputable sui generis mode of experience. This volume documents what has been achieved to date, its significance for the study of religion and for interdisciplinary scholarship.

(Text by the editors)


Table of Contents


Alexandra Grieser and Jay Johnston – What is an Aesthetics of Religion? From the Senses to Meaning—and Back Again

List of Figures


PART I Fields and Topics


Mikael Aktor – Grasping the Formless in Stones: The Petromorphic Gods of the Hindu Pañcāyatanapūjā

John T. Hamilton and Almut-Barbara Renger – Religion, Literature, and the Aesthetics of Expressionism

Adrian Hermann – Screening the Father of Lights: Documentary Film and the Aesthetics of the Nonfictional in Contemporary Religion

Laura Feldt – The Literary Aesthetics of Religious Narratives: Probing Literary-Aesthetic Form, Emotion, and Sensory Effects in Exodus 7–11


PART II History and Politics


Niklaus Largier – Below the Horizon of Meaning: Figuration, Disfiguration, Transfiguration

Ulrike Brunotte – The Performative Knowledge of Ecstasy: Jane E. Harrison’s (1850–1928) Early Contestations of the Textual Paradigm in Religious Studies

Christoph Auffarth – What Does a Reformed City Look Like? – Changes in Visible Religion During the Reformation in Bremen

Hubert Mohr – Standing, Not Walking – The Hieratic as a Key Term of an Anthropologically Based Aesthetics of Religion

PART III Comparison and Transfer

Alexandra Grieser – Blue Brains: Aesthetic Ideologies and the Formation of Knowledge Between Religion and Science

Jens Kreinath – Aesthetic Dimensions and Transformative Dynamics of Mimetic Acts: The Veneration of Habib-i Neccar Among Muslims and Christians in Antakya, Turkey

Maruška Svašek – Aestheticisation and the Production of (Religious) Space in Chennai

Annette Wilke – Moving Religion by Sound: On the Effectiveness of the Nāda-Brahman in India and Modern Europe


PART IV Concepts and Theories


Jay Johnston – Esoteric Aesthetics: The Spiritual Matter of Intersubjective Encounter

Sebastian Schüler – Aesthetics of Immersion: Collective Effervescence, Bodily Synchronisation and the Sensory Navigation of the Sacred

Anne Koch-  The Governance of Aesthetic Subjects Through Body Knowledge and Affect Economies. A Cognitive-Aesthetic Approach

Manuel A. Vásquez – Religion in the Flesh: Non-Reductive Materialism and the Ecological Aesthetics of Religion


PART V In Conversation: Essays About the Connectivity of an Aesthetics of Religion

Fred Cummins – Subjects and Sense-Making

François Gauthier – Consumer Culture and the Sensory Remodelling of Religion

Frank Heidemann – Social Aesthetics, Atmosphere and Proprioception

Robert Yelle – Semiotics and Aesthetics: Historical and Structural Connections

S. Brent Plate – The Artificiality of Aesthetics: Making Connections on the Erie Canal


Authors Biographies




As part of the agreement signed on 12 November 2015 between the Hardt Foundation and the Swiss National Library, the series of Entretiens sur l’Antiquité classique (since 1952) has been digitised and is now accessible online with a moving wall of three years on the platforms and E-Helvetica Access.

Detailed list of published volumes


Le Edizioni Quasar di Roma avviano una nuova collana di saggi dedicati alla Storia delle religioni. La serie accoglie contributi redatti in italiano, francese, inglese, spagnolo e tedesco, sui temi specifici della disciplina e sui suoi rapporti con altre scienze storiche e umanistiche. Gli ambiti culturali spaziano dalle antiche civiltà classiche e preclassiche alle istanze e manifestazioni religiose delle società contemporanee.

“Le religioni e la storia” si rivolge prioritariamente, ma non esclusivamente, ai giovani studiosi, per favorire il progresso degli studi storici di questo settore disciplinare. I lavori presentati sono sottoposti a procedura di valutazione anonima (Peer Review), effettuata da specialisti. Il prezzo di copertina è contenuto, la diffusione è internazionale. Il formato è di 17×24 cm, mentre la tiratura varia secondo le circostanze.

La Direzione della collana è affidata a Sergio Ribichini. Fanno parte del Consiglio scientifico internazionale Corinne Bonnet (Tolosa), Eugen Ciurtin (Bucarest), Agustinus Gianto (Roma), Francisco Marco Simón (Saragozza), Beate Pongratz-Leisten (New York), Francesca Prescendi (Ginevra-Losanna), Sergio Ribichini (Roma), Abderrazak Sayadi (Tunisi), Christopher Smith (St Andrews-Roma), Philippe Swennen (Liegi), Dorothea Weltecke (Francoforte). Il Comitato editoriale è composto da Francesca Iannarilli (Venezia), Alessandro Locchi (Roma) e Marta Rivaroli (Roma).

Per presentare contributi scrivere a Per maggiori informazioni, ordinazioni e pagamenti scrivere a e visitare il sito: ereligionielastoria/.

(Text by the organizers)

The Spiritual Tradition in Eastern Christianity

Ascetic Psychology, Mystical Experience, and Physical Practices

Series:  Studies in Spirituality Supplements, 26

Authors:  Bradford D.T., 2016


The Spiritual Tradition in Eastern Christianity is a comprehensive survey of the means, goals, and motivations of the ascetic life as represented in texts spanning the fourth and the nineteenth century. Contemporary examples are also included. The main themes are the dynamics of the soul, the disabling effects of the passions, mental and physical ascetism, the desirable condition of dispassion, and the experience of deification. A variety of topics are addressed, including hesychast prayer, religious weeping, the spiritual senses, dream interpretation, luminous visions, the holy ‘fool’, ascetic demonology, and pain in ascetic practice. Typical ascetic and mystical experiences are interpreted from the psychological and the neuroscientific perspective. Comparative analyses based on Sufism, Vedantic mysticism, and especially early Buddhist psychology highlight distinctive features of the Christian ascetic life. Major figures such as Evagrius Ponticus, Maximos the Confessor, Isaac the Syrian, and Symeon the New Theologian receive extensive individual consideration.

(Text by the author)


Table of Contents



Chapter 1 – The Powers of the Soul

1.1 The Incensive Power

1.2 The Desiring Power

1.3 The Intellect

1.4 Image and Archetype

1.5 Brightly Shining Mind


Chapter 2 – The Heart

2.1 Spiritual Anatomy

2.2 Hesychast Prayer

2.3 Four Phases of Prayer

2.4 Intracorporeal Space

2.5 Posture and Respiration

2.6 Attention

2.7 Two Patterns of Autonomic Arousal

2.8 Parallels in Other Traditions

2.9 The Influence of Sufism


Chapter 3 – The Luminous Presence

3.1 Properties of the Luminous Presence

3.2 The Hesychast Controversy

3.3 Divine and Demonic Visions

3.4 Four Kinds of Luminous Visions

3.5 Focal-Extracorporeal Light

3.6 Global-Extracorporeal Light

3.7 Corporeal Light

3.8 Intracorporeal Light

3.9 A Complex Visionary Experience

3.10 Chromatic Visionary Light

3.11 Visionary Light and Divine Omnipresence


Chapter 4 0 Sleep, Dreams, and Prayer

4.1 Prayer During Sleep

4.2 Sleep Deprivation

4.3 Dream Interpretation

4.4 Visions and Revelations While Asleep

4.5 Illustration of Prayer While Dreaming

4.6 Illustration of Mystical Experience While Asleep

4.7 Dreamless Sleep and Mystical Experience


Chapter 5 – The Spiritual Senses

5.1 Spiritual Perception

5.2 Sensory Perception

5.3 One and Many

5.4 Mystical Synesthesia

5.5 Spiritual Odor

5.6 Smell and Demonic Entrapment


Chapter 6 – The Passions

6.1 Eight Dispositions

6.2 The Five Hindrances

6.3 The Constructing Activities

6.4 The Demons

6.5 Anchorite and Cenobite

6.6 Psychotherapy of the Passions

6.7 Illustration of Evagrian Psychotherapy

6.8 Demons, Delirium, and Migraine


Chapter 7 – Stillness and Dispassion

7.1 The Delicacy of Stillness

7.2 Nipsis and Attention

7.3 Nipsis and Emotion

7.4 Nipsis and Memory

7.5 The Permanence of Dispassion

7.6 A Dispassionate ‘Fool’


Chapter 8 – Acedia

8.1 Depleted Fervor

8.2 Acedia and Physical Symptoms


Chapter 9 – Pride and Vainglory

9.1 Vainglory and Social Display

9.2 Clothing and Other Possessions

9.3 Vainglory and Cognition

9.4 A Psychosis of Pride and Vainglory


Chapter 10 – Fornication

10.1 Morbid Defluxions

10.2 Intoxication and Sexual Fantasy

10.3 Fornication and Sense-Desire


Chapter 11 – Gluttony

11.1 Diverse Expressions of Gluttony

11.2 Fasting

11.3 A Syndrome of Ascetic Fasting

11.4 The Precedence of Gluttony over Fornication

11.5 The Desire for Immortality


Chapter 12 – Physical Practices

12.1 Surface and Depth Interventions

12.2 Discomfort and Pain

12.3 The Prostration

12.4 Face, Eyes, and Gaze


Chapter 13 – Evagrius on Impassioned Mental Activity

13.1 Thoughts

13.2 Illustration of Objective Perception


Chapter 14 – Images of Bodily Corruption

14.1 The Buddhist Meditation on Foulness

14.2 The Ascetic Utility of Raw Emotion


Chapter 15 – Maximos on Impassioned Mental Activity

15.1 Conceptual Images

15.2 Illustration of Objective Perception


Chapter 16 – Religious Weeping

16.1 Tears

16.2 Weeping

16.3 Isaac the Syrian on Tears

16.4 Permanent Autonomic Change


Chapter 17 – The Body in Dreams and Fantasy

17.1 The Imaginal Body

17.2 A Principle of Mental Transformation


Chapter 18 – The Deified Body

18.1 The Flesh

18.2 Weightiness

18.3 Illusory Movement

18.4 Weightiness and Cosmology


Chapter 19 – The Remembrance of Death

19.1 Fear and Love

19.2 An Imaginal Practice

19.3 The Thought of Death

19.4 Change in the Practice

19.5 An Imitation of Christ


Chapter 20 – Three Forms of Mystical Experience

20.1 Near-Absorption

20.2 The Ecstatic Vision

20.3 The Imageless Grasp

20.4 Mystical Experience in Temporal Perspective


Chapter 21 – Maximos on Dispassion and Deification

21.1 Eros

21.2 Preliminary Dispassions

21.3 Advanced Dispassions

21.4 Inhibition of Perceptual Experience

21.5 Deification




Appendix A: Sources and Terms

Appendix B: Ascetic Theologians

Appendix C: Biographical Chronology of Symeon the New Theologian

Appendix D: Visionary Mysticism in Symeon the New Theologian

Appendix E: Deification and Cognitive Inhibition in Maximos the Confessor


Collection: The Library of The Other Antiquity

Winter Verlag

Over the past decades Late Antiquity has evolved into an increasingly productive area of study. No longer seen merely as the continuation of ‘classical’ antiquity, an epigonal age, or the first phase of the medieval, Late Antiquity is now being approached as a period with its own characteristic traits, which lend themselves to interpretation in their own right. The emerging profile of Late Antiquity is both diverse and complex, a lively and productive combination of cultural pluralism and a stubborn dedication to tradition. Although for terminological reasons the term ‘Late Antiquity’ seems impossible to avoid, ‘The Other Antiquity’ aims to contribute to a more independent conceptualization of the period. This series understands itself as stimulus for a discussion of late antique literature which will open up new approaches and simultaneously put the fascination and charm of Late Antiquity on display for readers in other disciplines as well. A central theme is the reception of late antique texts in subsequent phases of Western culture, with particular emphasis on the perception of the “End of Antiquity” and the construction of Late Antiquity as an independent and self-contained period. This series will open up the field to a broader cultural discussion, not least with a view to postmodern reassessments, and will offer a basis for the interpretation of texts of widely varying origin.

(Text by the organizer)

Reading Ancient Texts. Volume II: Aristotle and Neoplatonism

Essays in Honour of Denis O’Brien

Editors: Suzanne Stern-Gillet and Kevin Corrigan, 2007


The contributors to this volume offer, in the light of specialised knowledge of leading philosophers of the ancient world, answers to the question: how are we to read and understand the surviving texts of Parmenides, Plato, Aristotle, Plotinus and Augustine?




Preliminary Materials

Aristotle’s Conception Of Dunamis And Techne

Aristotle And The Starting Point Of Moral Development: The Notion Of Natural Virtue

Akrasia And Moral Education In Aristotle

Effective Primary Causes: The Notion Of Contact And The Possibility Of Acting Without Being Affected In Aristotle’s De Generatione Et Corruptione

The Organization Of The Soul: Some Overlooked Aspects Of Interpretation From Plato To Late Antiquity

The Final Metamorphosis: Narrative Voice In The Prologue Of Apuleius’ Golden Ass

Plotinus: Omnipresence And Transcendence Of The One In VI 5[23]

The Concept Of Will In Plotinus

Divine Freedom In Plotinus And Iamblichus (Tractate VI 8 (39) 7, 11–15 And De Mysteriis III, 17–20)

Was The Vita Plotini Known In Arab Philosophical Circles?

Friendship And Transgression: Luminosus Limes Amicitiae (Augustine, Confessions 2.2.2) And The Themes Of Confessions 2

Augustine And The Philosophical Foundations Of Sincerity

Innovation And Continuity In The History Of Philosophy


Subject Index

Index Of Names

Essays in Ancient Greek Philosophy I

John P. Anton – Editor and George L. Kustas – Editor, 1971


The essays in this volume treat a wide variety of fundamental topics and problems in ancient Greek philosophy. The scope of the section on pre-Socratic thought ranges over the views which these thinkers have on such areas of concern as religion, natural philosophy and science, cosmic periods, the nature of elements, theory of names, the concept of plurality, and the philosophy of mind.

The papers dealing with the Platonic dialogues examine with unusual care a great number of central themes and discuss them in considerable depth: problems in language and logic, myth, reason, hypothesis, eros, friendship, reason, morality, society, art, the nature of soul, and immortality; in addition, they offer fresh discussions on a number of basic morphological, methodological, and philological issues related to philosophical arguments and introduce new aspects for a critical reexamination of controversies surrounding the doctrines and the authenticity of certain Platonic works.

The essays on the philosophy of Aristotle are closely reasoned analyses of such basic themes as the universality of the sensible, the nature of kinesis, the problem of future contingencies, the meaning of qualitative change, the doctrine of phantasia, the essence of intelligence and the metaphysical foundations for the ethical life.

The essays on post-Aristotelian developments in ancient philosophy offer challenging and well-documented discussions on topics in the history of ancient logic, categorical thought, the ethical doctrines of ancient Scepticism, epistemological issues in the physical theory of the Epicureans, and basic concepts in the metaphysics of the neo-platonists.





Journal Abbreviations


  1. Pre-Socratics

Religion and Natural Philosophy in Empedocle’s Doctrine of the Soul – Charles H. Kahn

Cosmic Periods in the Philosophy of Empedocles – Edwin L. and Minar, Fr.

Mind’s Commitment to the Real: Parmenides B8. 34-41 – Alexander P. D. Mourelatos

The Problem of Anaxagoras – Margaret E. Reesor

Empirical Aspects of Xenophanes’ Theology – H. A. T. Reiche

Anaximander and the Problem of the Earth’s Immobility – John Robinson

A Zenonian Argument Against Plurality – Gregory Vlastos

Parmenides on Names – Leonard Woodbury


2. Plato

The Argument from Opposities in Republic V – R. E. Allen

Gorgias and the Socratic Principle Nemo Sua Sponte Peccat – Guido Calogero

Dreaming and Waking in Plato – David Gallop

Techne and Morality in the Gorgias – Robert W. Hall

On the “Gold-Example” in Plato’s Timaeus (50A5-B5) – Edward N. Lee

Some Observations Concerning Plato’s Lysis – Donald Norman Levin

Language, Plato, and Logic – Ronald B. Levinson

Reason and Eros in the “Ascent”-Passage of the Symposium – J. M. E. Moravcsik

The Unity of the Laches – Michael J. O’Brien

The Two States in Plato’s Republic – Martin Ostwald

Supporting Themes in the Symposium – George Kimball Plochmann

The Argument for Immortality in Plato’s Phaedrus – Thomas M. Robinson

Plato’s Hypothesis and the Upward Path – Thomas G. Rosenmeyer

Reply to Dr. Levinson – Rosamond Kent Sprague

The Creation Myth in Plato’s Timaeus – Leonardo Tarán

The Philosophical Passage in the Seventh Platonic Letter and the Problem of Plato’s “Esoteric” Philosophy – Kurt von Fritz


3. Aristotle

The Metaphysical Foundations for Aristotle’s Ethics – Thomas Gould

The Universality of the Sensible in the Aristotelian Noetic – Joseph Owens

Aristotle on κίνησις – Arthur L. Peck

Aristotle’s Treatment of φαντασία – D. A. Rees

Notes on Aristotle De anima 3.5 – John M. Rist

Aristotle’s Doctrine of Future Contingencies – Richard Taylor

The Aristotelian Doctrine of Qualitative Change in Physics VII, 3 – G. Verbeke


4. Post- Aristotelian Philosophy

Ancient Interpretations of Aristotle’s Doctrine of Homonyma – John P. Anton

Οὐ μᾶλλον and the Antecedents of Ancient Scepticism – Phillip DeLacy

Knowledge of Atoms and Void in Epicureanism – David J. Furley

Body and Soul in the Philsophy of Plotinus – A. N. M. Rich

Subject Index

Name Index