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Title Neoplatonic saints : the lives of Plotinus and Proclus by their students / translated with a commentary by Mark Edwards
Published Liverpool : Liverpool University Press, 2000
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Description 1 online resource (lx, 150 pages) : maps
Series Translated texts for historians ; v. 35
Translated texts for historians ; v. 35
Contents On the life of Plotinus and the arrangement of his works / Porphyry -- Proclus, or, On happiness / Marinus of Napolis
Summary "This volume presents two texts that are fundamental for the understanding not only of Neoplatonism but also of the conventions of biography in late antiquity. Porphyry's memoir, On the Life of Plotinus and the Arrangement of his Works, is a robust defence of the founder of Neoplatonism against posthumous criticism from astrologers and other philosophers. Written by one of his pupils, Porphyry, it is as much a vindication of its author as an encomium of its subject. Proclus, or On Happiness, also written by a pupil of the master, sets out to show how Proclus had lived his own philosophy. Both of these translations illuminate the ancient view that the worth of a philosopher derived as much from the quality of his life as the merits of his writings. Neither work 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."--Publisher description
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 121-142) indexes
Notes Translated from the Ancient Greek
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Subject Plotinus.
Proclus, approximately 410-485.
Form Electronic book
Author Marinus, active 5th century. Vita Procli. English.
Porphyry, approximately 234-approximately 305. Life of Plotinus. English (Edwards)
Edwards, M. J. (Mark J.)
ISBN 1846313643 (electronic bk.)
9781846313646 (electronic bk.)