The Golden Chain : Studies in the Development of Platonism and Christianity, Hardback Book

The Golden Chain : Studies in the Development of Platonism and Christianity Hardback

Part of the Variorum Collected Studies series


This volume gathers together a series of widely -scattered articles concerned with the great tradition of Platonic scholarship " The Golden Chain" from the time of Plato himself up into the period of Middle Platonism.

The main emphasis, however, is on the first three centuries AD.

The first articles address the question of what exactly was the nature of the Platonic school at various stages of its development and what kind of organization the Academy may have had.

The following ones present studies on figures from Speusippus in the Old Academy, through Philo of Alexandria and Origen (more honorary members of the Golden Chain), to Plotinus, Iamblichus and Proclus, and on some more general issues, such as the fall of the soul, which span much of the period. Dans ce volume sont rassembles des articles jusque"la tres disperses et qui traitent de la grande tradition du savoir platonicien " la "ChaA (R)ne d'Or"" Sur une periode allant de Platon au Moyen"Platonisme et A l'avenement de la pensee chretienne.

Cependant, l'accent est surtout mis sur les trois premieres siecles ap.

J.C. Les premieres articles s'attachent A la nature exacte de l'Ecole platonicienne A differents stades de son evolution et aussi a l'organisation adoptee par "l'Academie".

Les etudes suivantes examinent differents personnages, de Speusippe, qui appartenait A l'Ancienne Academie, en passant par Philon d'Aleandrie et Origiene (membres semi"honoraires de la ChaA (R)ne d'Or), jusqu'A Plotin, Iamblique et Procle; y sont aussi traitees des questions d'ordre plus general, telles la chute de l'Acme, qui furent embrassees durant la majeure partie de cette periode.



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