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Dillon, John M.

Works: 84 works in 413 publications in 4 languages and 15,177 library holdings
Genres: History  Commentaries  Trials, litigation, etc  Constitution  Biography 
Roles: Author, Editor, Translator, Honoree, Commentator, Annotator, Speaker, Commentator for written text, Other
Classifications: B517, 186.4
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Most widely held works about John M Dillon
Most widely held works by John M Dillon
Iamblichus De anima by Iamblichus( )
18 editions published between 2002 and 2011 in English and held by 1,408 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Iamblichus (245-325), successor to Plotinus and Porphyry, brought a new religiosity to Neoplatonism. His theory of the soul is at the heart of his philosophical system. For Iamblichus, the human soul is so far inferior to the divine that its salvation depends not on philosophy alone (as it did for Plotinus) but on the aid of the gods and other divinities." "This edition of the fragments of Iamblichus' major work on the soul, De Anima, is accompanied by the first English translation of the work and a commentary which explains the philosophical background and Iamblichus' doctrine of the soul. Included as well are excerpts from the Pseudo-Simplicius and Priscianus (also translated with commentary) that shed further light on Iamblichus' treatise."--Jacket
Iamblichi Chalcidensis in Platonis dialogos commentariorum fragmenta by John M Dillon( )
23 editions published between 1973 and 2009 in 4 languages and held by 1,305 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Dionysius the Areopagite and the Neoplatonist tradition despoiling the Hellenes by Sarah Klitenic Wear( )
10 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 1,226 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Dionysius the Areopagite' is arguably one of the most mysterious and intriguing figures to emerge from the late antique world. Writing around 500 CE, and possibly connected with the circle of Severus of Antioch, Dionysius manipulates a Platonic metaphysics to describe a hierarchical universe. As with the Hellenic Platonists, he arranges the celestial and material cosmos into a series of triadic strata. These strata emanate from one unified being and contain beings that range from superior to inferior, depending on their proximity to God. This metaphysics lends itself to a sacramental system si
The afterlife of the Platonic soul reflections of Platonic psychology in the monotheistic religions by Maha Elkaisy-Friemuth( )
10 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 1,167 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Plato's doctrine of the soul, its immaterial nature, its parts or faculties, and its fate after death (and before birth) came to have an enormous influence on the great religious traditions that sprang up in late antiquity, beginning with Judaism (in the person of Philo of Alexandria), and continuing with Christianity, from St. Paul on through the Alexandrian and Cappadocian Fathers to Byzantium, and finally with Islamic thinkers from Al-kindi on. This volume, while not aspiring to completeness, attempts to provide insights into how members of each of these traditions adapted Platonist doctrines to their own particular needs, with varying degrees of creativity"--Provided by publisher
The middle Platonists, 80 B.C. to A.D. 220 by John M Dillon( Book )
28 editions published between 1977 and 1996 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,115 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
'Middle Platonists' is a work that focuses on the period of intellectual activity which flourished from the time of the "dogmatist" Antiochus Aschalon (ca. 80 BC) to Ammonius Saccas (ca. 220 AD), the mysterious "teacher" of the great Plotinus
The Question of "eclecticism" : studies in later Greek philosophy ( Book )
13 editions published between 1988 and 1996 in English and held by 854 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The heirs of Plato : a study of the Old Academy, 347-274 B.C. by John M Dillon( Book )
29 editions published between 2003 and 2005 in English and held by 822 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"The Heirs of Plato is the first book exclusively devoted to an in-depth study of the various directions in philosophy taken by Plato's followers in the first seventy years or so following his death in 347 B.C. - the period generally known as 'The Old Academy'. Speusippus, Xenocrates, and Polemon, the three successive heads of the Academy in this period, though personally devoted to the memory of Plato, were independent philosophers in their own right, and felt free to develop his heritage in individual directions. This is also true of other personalities attached to the school, such as Philippus of Opus, Heraclides of Pontus, and Crantor of Soli." "Dillon's clear and accessible book fills a significant gap in our understanding of Plato's immediate philosophical influence, and will be of great value to scholars and historians of ancient philosophy."--Jacket
On Aristotle's categories by Dexippus( Book )
13 editions published between 1990 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 560 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Dexippus, a pupil or follower of lamblichus, preserves a crucial moment in the Neoplatonist interpretation of Aristotle. Aristotle's Categories has been attacked by Plotinus, but Porphyry's defence proved decisive, so that the Categories was acceptable as compatible with Platonism and an essential introduction to the Neoplatonist curriculum. Porphyry's main commentary on the Categories, however, containing the vital defence, is lost, as is that of his pupil lamblichus. The ideas of these two principal Neoplatonists can be reconstructed, in part, from Dexippus."--Bloomsbury Publishing
Proclus' Commentary on Plato's Parmenides by Proclus( Book )
14 editions published between 1986 and 1992 in English and held by 478 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Den græske filosof Proclus' kommentarer til Platons Parmenides
Iamblichus and the foundations of late platonism by E. V Afonasin( )
6 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 462 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Drawing on recent scholarship and delving systematically into Iamblichean texts, these ten papers establish Iamblichus as the great innovator of Neoplatonic philosophy who broadened its appeal for future generations of philosophers
The handbook of Platonism by Albinus( Book )
22 editions published between 1993 and 2002 in English and held by 453 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Handbook of Platonism, or Didaskalikos, attributed to Alcinous (long identified with the Middle Platonist Albinus, but on inadequate grounds), is a central text of later Platonism. In Byzantine times, in the Italian Renaissance, and even up to 1800, it was regarded as an ideal introduction to Plato's thought. In fact it is far from being this, but it is an excellent source for our understanding of Platonism in the second century AD. Neglected after a more accurate view of Plato's thought established itself in the nineteenth century, the Handbook is only now coming to be properly appreciated for what it is. It presents a survey of Platonist doctrine, divided into the topics of Logic, Physics, and Ethics, and pervaded with Aristotelian and Stoic doctrines, all of which are claimed for Plato. John Dillon presents an English translation of this work, accompanied by an introduction and a philosophical commentary in which he disentangles the various strands of influence, elucidates the complex scholastic tradition that lies behind, and thus reveals the sources and subsequent influence of the ideas expounded
The enneads by Plotinus( Book )
6 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 383 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Enneads bring together Platonism, mystic passion and ideas from Greek philosophy, together with striking variants of the Trinity and other central Christian doctrines, to produce a highly original synthesis. Yet despite the profundity of his thought, and his immense influence on mystics and religious writers, Plotinus (AD 204-70) remained largely inaccessible. What was desperately needed, suggest John Dillon in his Biographical Sketch, was 'an interpretative translation, which would boldly tease out all the nuances of Plotinus' crabbed and condensed language, and reproduce it in English of proper nobility'. Such is precisely the achievement of Stephen MacKenna; his book ranks with the greatest translations of the twentieth century
Two treatises of Philo of Alexandria : a commentary on De gigantibus and Quod Deus sit immutabilis by David Winston( Book )
6 editions published in 1983 in English and French and held by 336 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Morality and custom in ancient Greece by John M Dillon( Book )
4 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 334 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Greek Sophists ( Book )
4 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 331 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Each chapter of The Greek Sophists is based around the work of one character - Gorgias, Prodicus, Protagoras and Antiphon among others - and a linking commentary, a chronological table and a bibliography are provided for each one. In his introduction, John Dillon discusses the historical background and the sources of the text."--BOOK JACKET
On Aristotle Metaphysics 3-4 by Syrianus( )
5 editions published between 2008 and 2014 in English and held by 294 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Syrianus, originally from Alexandria, moved to Athens and became the head of the Academy there after the death of Plutarch of Athens. In discussing Aristotle's Metaphysics 3-4, he shows how metaphysics, as a philosophical science, was conceived by the Neoplatonic philosophers of Late Antiquity. The questions raised by Aristotle in Metaphysics 3 concerning the scope of metaphysics are answered by Syrianus, who also criticises the alternative answers explored by Aristotle." "In presenting Metaphysics 4, Syrianus explains in what sense metaphysics deals with 'being as being' and how this includes the essential attributes of being (unity/multiplicity, sameness/difference, etc.), showing also that it comes within the scope of metaphysics to deal with the primary axioms of scientific thought, in particular the Principle of Non-Contradiction, for which Syrianus provides arguments additional to those developed by Aristotle. Syrianus thus reveals how Aristotelian metaphysics was formalised and transformed by a philosophy which found its deepest roots in Pythagoras and Plato."--Jacket
On the Pythagorean way of life by Iamblichus( Book )
8 editions published between 1990 and 1991 in English and Greek, Ancient and held by 271 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Iamblichus, De mysteriis by Iamblichus( Book )
8 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and Greek, Ancient and held by 251 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The golden chain : studies in the development of Platonism and Christianity by John M Dillon( Book )
17 editions published between 1990 and 2000 in English and held by 244 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Neoplatonic philosophy : introductory readings ( Book )
6 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 228 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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