Beiträge zur Altertumskunde

Plato Revived

Essays on Ancient Platonism in Honour of Dominic J. O’Meara

Karfík, Filip & Song, Euree (eds), Berlin: De Gruyter, 2013, 418 p.


The essays compiled in this volume individually address the varied forms in which the revival of Platonism manifested itself in ancient philosophy. It pays special attention to the issues of unity and beauty, the mind and knowledge, the soul and the body, virtue and happiness, and additionally considers the political and religious dimensions of Platonic thought. Starting from Plato and Aristotle, the studies examine the multiple transformational forms of Platonism, including the Neo-Platonists – Plotinus, Porphyrios, Iamblichus, Themistius, Proclus, and Marinus – along with Christian thinkers such as St. Augustine, Boethius, and Dionysus the Areopagite. The authors who have contributed to this volume make multiple references to the scholarly work of Dominic J. O’Meara. Their further refinement of O’Meara’s approach particularly casts a new light on Late-Platonic ethics. The essays in this collection also contribute to scholarly research about the multiple inter-relationships among the Platonists themselves and between Platonists and philosophers from other schools. Taken as a whole, this book reveals the full breadth of potential in the revival and transformation of ancient Platonism.

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Table of contents


Unity, Intellect, Beauty

Werner Beierwaltes – Plotins Theorie des Schönen und der Kunst

Alexandrine Schniewind – Le statut des objets intelligibles chez Alexandre d’Aphrodise et Plotin

Pascal Mueller-Jourdan – « Toute pluralité participe en quelque manière de l’un » Le premier théorème des Éléments de théologie de Proclus revisité par le Pseudo-Denys l’Aréopagite

Eyjólfur Kjalar Emilsson – Leibniz, Plato, Plotinus

Soul and Body

John Dillon – Shadows on the Soul: Plotinian Approaches to a Solution of the Mind-Body Problem

Filip Karfík – Δημογέροντες L’image de l’assemblée dans les Ennéades VI, 4 [22], 15

Euree Song – Ashamed of Being in the Body? Plotinus versus Porphyry

Lenka Karfíková – Das Verhältnis von Seele und ratio in Augustins Abhand

Happiness and Virtue

László Bene – Ethics and Metaphysics in Plotinus

Marie-Luise Lakmann – „…die feine Stimme der Zikaden“ Iunkos, Περὶ γήρως und die platonische Philosophie

Suzanne Stern-Gillet – When Virtue Bids Us Abandon Life (Ennead VI 8 [39] 6, 14–26)

Daniela P. Taormina – Porfirio ha scritto un trattato Περὶ τοῦ ἐφ’ ἡμῖν?

Christian Tornau – Augustinus und die neuplatonischen Tugendgrade Versuch einer Interpretation von Augustins Brief 155 an Macedonius

Irmgard Männlein-Robert – Platonismus als ‚Philosophie des Glücks‘: Programm, Symbolik und Form in der Vita Procli des Marinos


Rafael Ferber – Das Paradox von der Philosophenherrschaft im Staat, Staatsmann und in den Gesetzen Einige Bemerkungen zur Einheit und Variation des platonischen Denkens

Cinzia Arruzza – Being True to One’s Birth: What is gennaion in the Noble Falsehood of the Republic?

Ada Neschke-Hentschke – Ἀδικία – Strafrechtsprinzipien bei Aristoteles und Platon Zur divisio und significatio textus der Nikomachischen Ethik V 10 (1134 a 17–1136 a 9) und zu Platons Strafrechtsexkurs (Nomoi IX 859 b 5–864 c 9)

Philosophy and Religion

Andrew Smith – The Image of Egypt in the Platonic Tradition

Tatjana Aleknienė – La prière à l’Un dans le traité 10 [V, 1] de Plotin et la tradition philosophique grecque

Denis O’Brien – Augustine at Ostia: A Common Misreading

Jacques Schamp – Thémistios et l’oracle des philosophes

Alain Lernould – Boèce. Consolation de Philosophie III, metrum

Dominic J. O’Meara: Teacher and Scholar

Alexandre Jollien

La philosophie n’est pas la philosophie c’est pourquoi je l’appelle la philosophie

Nicolas D’Andrès

List of Publications by Dominic J. O’Meara


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