Neoplatonic Saints

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Neoplatonic Saints

The Lives of Plotinus and Proclus by their Students

Translated Texts for Historians, 35


October 1st, 2000



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These two texts are fundamental for the understanding not only of Neoplatonism but also of the conventions of biography in late antiquity. Neither has received such extensive annotation before in English, and this new commentary makes full use of recent scholarship. The long introduction is intended both as a beginner’s guide to Neoplatonism and as a survey of ancient biographical writing.

... this book will serve as a stimulating introduction to the world of late antiquauty.
Classics Ireland

Author Information

Professor Mark J. Edwards is Tutor in Theology at Christ Church College, Oxford. His previous publications include Catholicity and Heresy in the Early Church (2009), Image, Word and God in the Early Christian Centuries (2012) and Christians, Gnostics and Philosophers in Late Antiquity (2012)

Table of Contents

Section TitlePage
Porphyry: On The Life of Plotinus and The Arrangement of His Works
The Suda on Marinus
Marinus of Neapolis: Proclus, or on Happiness
Appendix: The Chronology of Porphyry's Life of Plotinus
Index to Porphyry
Index to Marinus
Map 1: The World of The Neoplatonists
Map 2: Athens in The Time of Proclus