Institute for Mediterranean Studies

Intellect and the Soul in Alexandrian Neoplatonism



“Between Athens & Alexandria. Platonism, 3rd-7th c. CE” studies the relationship between the Neoplatonic Schools of Athens and Alexandria, with a special focus on later Neoplatonic developments on, and criticisms to, Plotinus. The project is hosted by the Institute for Mediterranean Studies of the Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas (IMS-FORTH), based in Rethymno, Crete, in collaboration with the Alexandria Center for Hellenistic Studies (ACHS) of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina. It is supported by the A. S. Onassis Foundation.

The workshop will take place in a hybrid format, in the Conference Room (Kalos Ontas) of the Institute for Mediterranean Studies, and via Zoom.

For attending via Zoom, registration is required:

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Monday 20th June

9:30 Welcome

Gelina Harlaftis (IMS-FORTH Director & University of Crete), Mark Kyriakos (ΒΑΑCHS), Irini-Fotini Viltanioti (University of Crete & IMS-FORTH)

10:00-11:30 Paul Kalligas (Director of the European Cultural Centre of Delphi & National and Kapodistrian University of Athens) “Plotinus on Bringing Order to the Universe.” Chair: Konstantinos Spanoudakis (Vice Rector, University of Crete)

11:30-12:00 Coffee Break

12:00-13:30 Dimitrios Vasilakis (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens) “Towards a Dialectical Relation Between Form and Content: Reading Plotinus’ Ennead III 5 via the Phaedrus?” Chair: Zacharoula Petraki (University of Crete)

13:30-15:30 Lunch

15:30-17:00 Irini-Fotini Viltanioti (University of Crete & IMS-FORTH) “Plotinus on Plato’s Timaeus 90 a.” Chair: Mark Edwards (University of Oxford)

17.30 Guided Tour of the Archaeological Museum of Rethymno

20:00 Dinner

Tuesday 21st June

10:00-11.30 Pantelis Golitsis (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki) “From Alexandria to Athens: What Damascius Learned from Ammonius.” Chair: Melina Tamiolaki (University of Crete & IMS-FORTH)

11:30-12:00 Coffee Break

12:00-13:30 Mark Edwards (University of Oxford) “Nous in Philoponus.” Chair: Paul Kalligas (Director of the European Cultural Centre of Delphi & National and Kapodistrian University of Athens)

14:00 Lunch (at one’s own expense)


Irini-Fotini Viltanioti (University of Crete & IMS-FORTH)

Mark Kyriakos (BA-ACHS)

Aya Samir (BA-ACHS)


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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