93 - Pythagorean Theorems: Iamblichus

Iamblichus fuses Platonism with pagan religious conviction and sets the agenda for Neoplatonism in generations to come.

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Further Reading: 

• E. Afonasin, J.M. Dillon, and J.F. Finamore (eds), Iamblichus and the Foundations of Late Platonism (Leiden: 2012).

 • H.J. Blumenthal, and E.G. Clark (eds), The Divine Iamblichus (London: 1993).

 • E.C. Clarke, J.M. Dillon and J.P. Hershbell (trans.), Iamblichus: On the Mysteries (Atlanta: 2003).

 • B.P. Copenhaver, Hermetica (Cambridge: 1992).

 • J.M. Dillon, “Iamblichus’ Noera Theoria of Aristotle’s Categories,” Syllecta Classica 8 (1997), 65-77.

 • J.M. Dillon, “Iamblichus’ Defence of Theurgy: Some Reflections,” Journal of the Platonic Tradition 1 (2007), 30-41.

 • J.F. Finamore, Iamblichus and the Theory of the Vehicle of the Soul (Chico, CA: 1985).

 • J.F. Finamore and J.M. Dillon, Iamblichus: De Anima (Leiden: 2002).

 • H. Lewy, The Chaldean Oracles and Theurgy (Paris: 1978).

 • G. Shaw, Theurgy and the Soul: The Neoplatonism of Iamblichus (University Park: 1995).

 • C. Steel, The Changing Self: A Study on the Soul in Later Neoplatonism (Brussels: 1978).

Freeman Presson 's picture

Emperor Julian's Treatment of Christianity

I recall reading that Julian removed some sponsorship from Christian establishments, but did not preside over any persecutions. I'm sure some of the Bishops howled as if they were being tortured, though...

Very enlightening otherwise!

Peter Adamson's picture

Julian a persecutor?

Well, perhaps it depends what we understand by "persecution." I didn't mean to suggest he was feeding them to the lions, but he did do things like forbid them from teaching which would have put some Christians out of a job, he took measures against Christian cities, and he confiscated church property. But you're probably right that "persecution" is too strong a word, perhaps I should change that in the book version.

Freeman Presson's picture

Emperor Julian's Treatment of Christianity

Sounds good!

Freeman Presson's picture

Emperor Julian's Treatment of Christianity

Plus, I have learned that the topic of religious persecution under the Empire is a powerful lesson in epistemology. Much propaganda has been spread on either side (such as, for example, Christians being fed to lions in the Coliseum).

One thing we know for sure about that: neither Christian nor Pagan martyrs were fed to giraffes.