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Dillon, John M.

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Most widely held works by John M Dillon
Iamblichi Chalcidensis in Platonis dialogos commentariorum fragmenta by John M Dillon( )

25 editions published between 1973 and 2009 in 5 languages and held by 1,601 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dionysius the Areopagite and the Neoplatonist tradition : despoiling the Hellenes by Sarah Klitenic Wear( )

16 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 1,561 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 probably 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. Not only do all things in the hierarchy participate in God, but also all things are inter-connected, so that the lower hierarchies fully participate in the higher ones. This metaphysics lends itself to a sacramental system similar to that of the Hellenic ritual, theurgy. Theurgy allows humans to reach the divine by examining the divine as it exists in creation. Although Dionysius' metaphysics and religion are similar to that of Iamblichus and Proclus in many ways, Pseudo-Dionysius differs fundamentally in his use of an ecclesiastical cosmos, rather than that of the Platonic Timaean cosmos of the Hellenes. This book discusses the Christian Platonist's adaptation of Hellenic metaphysics, language, and religious ritual. While Dionysius clearly works within the Hellenic tradition, he innovates to integrate Hellenic and Christian thought."--Provided by publisher
Iamblichus De anima by Iamblichus( )

25 editions published between 2002 and 2011 in English and Greek, Ancient and held by 1,548 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
The afterlife of the Platonic soul : reflections of Platonic psychology in the monotheistic religions by Maha Elkaisy-Friemuth( )

15 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 1,505 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 )

44 editions published between 1977 and 2017 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,141 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
Studies on Plato, Aristotle, and Proclus : collected essays on ancient philosophy of John J. Cleary by John J Cleary( )

15 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 978 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

John J. Cleary (1949-2009) was an internationally recognised authority in ancient Greek philosophy. This volume of penetrating studies of Plato, Aristotle, and Proclus, philosophy of mathematics, and ancient theories of education, display Cleary's range of expertise and originality of approach
Iamblichus and the foundations of late platonism by E. V Afonasin( )

10 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 964 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 Question of "eclecticism" : studies in later Greek philosophy by John M Dillon( Book )

18 editions published between 1988 and 1997 in English and held by 937 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The heirs of Plato : a study of the Old Academy, 347-274 B.C. by John M Dillon( Book )

35 editions published between 2003 and 2016 in English and held by 916 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
Rebel women : staging ancient Greek drama today by S. E Wilmer( )

7 editions published between 2005 and 2014 in English and held by 743 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This text presents essays by leading writers and academics examining the staging of Greek drama. It is a collection of 12 essays by leading academics, writers and theatre practitioners examining the representation of ancient Greek heroines in their original contexts
On Aristotle's "Metaphysics 13-14" by Syrianus( )

30 editions published between 2006 and 2014 in English and held by 721 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 Aristotle's categories by Dexippus( Book )

19 editions published between 1990 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 669 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Platonic theories of prayer by John M Dillon( )

10 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 613 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book 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 practised by such major figures as Plotinus, Porphyry, Iamblichus, Proclus, Damascius or Dionysius the Areopagite
Platonism and forms of intelligence by John M Dillon( )

15 editions published between 2008 and 2012 in English and Multiple languages and held by 540 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The volume contains a collection of papers presented at the International Symposium, which took place in Hvar, Croatia, in 2006. In recent years there has been an upsurge of interest in the study of Plato, Platonism and Neoplatonism. Taking the position that it is of vital importance to establish an ongoing dialogue among scientists, artists, academics, theologians and philosophers concerning pressing issues of common interest to humankind, this collection of papers endeavours to bridge the gap between contemporary research in Platonist philosophy and other fields where insights gained from the study of Plato and Platonist philosophy can be of consequence and benefit. Authors: Werner Beierwaltes, Luc Brisson, Amber Carpenter, John Dillon, Jonathan Doner, Franco Ferrari, Francesco Fronterotta, F.A.J. de Haas, Aaron Hughes, Byron Kaldis, Daniel Kolak, Thomas Leinkauf, Dionysis Mentzeniotis, Jean-Marc Narbonne, Giannis Stamatellos, Vladimir Stoupel, Patrick Quinn, Jure Zovko and Marie-Élize Zovko
Proclus' Commentary on Plato's Parmenides by Proclus( Book )

18 editions published between 1986 and 2017 in English and held by 499 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Den græske filosof Proclus' kommentarer til Platons Parmenides
The enneads by Plotinus( Book )

17 editions published between 1991 and 2018 in English and held by 498 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
The handbook of Platonism by Albinus( Book )

27 editions published between 1993 and 2016 in English and held by 474 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 Greek Sophists( Book )

7 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 362 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."--Jacket
Two treatises of Philo of Alexandria : a commentary on De gigantibus and Quod Deus sit immutabilis by David Winston( Book )

11 editions published in 1983 in English and French and held by 359 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The heirs of Plato : a study of the Old Academy, 347-274 B.C.
Dionysius the Areopagite and the Neoplatonist tradition : despoiling the HellenesIamblichus De animaThe afterlife of the Platonic soul : reflections of Platonic psychology in the monotheistic religionsThe middle Platonists, 80 B.C. to A.D. 220The Question of "eclecticism" : studies in later Greek philosophyThe heirs of Plato : a study of the Old Academy, 347-274 B.C.Rebel women : staging ancient Greek drama todayOn Aristotle's "Metaphysics 13-14"
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