Platonic Theories of Prayer

Edited by John Dillon (Trinity College Dublin) and Andrei Timotin (Romanian Academy – ISEES) – 12/2015

Platonic Theories of Prayer is a collection of ten essays on the topic of prayer in the later Platonic tradition. The volume originates from a panel on the topic held at the 2013 ISNS meeting in Cardiff, but is supplemented by a number of invited papers. Together they offer a comprehensive view of the various roles and levels of prayer characteristic of this period. The concept of prayer is shown to include not just formal petitionary or encomiastic prayer, but also theurgical practices and various states of meditation and ecstasy practiced by such major figures as Plotinus, Porphyry, Iamblichus, Proclus, Damascius or Dionysius the Areopagite.

(Text by the organizers)

 

Contents

Introduction – John Dillon and Andrei Timotin

The Platonic Philosopher at Prayer – John Dillon

Modes of Prayer in the Hellenic Tradition – Gilles Dorival

Philo on Prayer as Devotional Study – Menahem Luz

Prayer in Maximus of Tyre – Carl O’Brien

Awaiting the Sun: A Plotinian Form of Contemplative Prayer – Michael Wakoff

Porphyry on Prayer – Andrei Timotin

Prayer in Neoplatonism and the Chaldaean Oracles – Luc Brisson

Cosmic Etiology and Demiurgic Mimesis in Proclus’ Account of Prayer – Danielle A. Layne

The Transmission of Fire: Proclus’ Theurgical Prayers – José Manuel Redondo

Damascius and Dionysius on Prayer and Silence – Marilena Vlad

Indexes – John Dillon and Andrei Timotin

The Transmission of Fire: Proclus’ Theurgical Prayers – José Manuel Redondo

Damascius and Dionysius on Prayer and Silence – Marilena Vlad

Indexes – John Dillon and Andrei Timotin

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