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Hierocles of Alexandria

Author: Hermann Sadun Schibli
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2002.
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"Hierocles of Alexandria was an influential teacher of Neoplatonic philosophy in Alexandria in the mid-fifth century AD. His one wholly surviving work is a commentary on a poem famous in late antiquity, known as The Golden Verses of the Pythagoreans. In addition, Hierocles wrote a treatise, On Providence, of which the Byzantine scholar Photius has given summaries and excerpts. Professor Schibli here provides the
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Genre/Form: Biographie (Descripteur de forme)
Named Person: Hierocles, of Alexandria; Hierocles, of Alexandria.; Hiéroclès; Hiéroclès d'Alexandrie; Hierocles (Alexandrinus); Hierocles, of Alexandria
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Hermann Sadun Schibli
ISBN: 0199249210 9780199249213
OCLC Number: 48170835
Description: xvi, 419 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Part I --
The Life and Philosophy of Hierocles --
1. The Life of Hierocles --
A. Dates --
B. Philosophical heritage and studies at Athens --
C. Teaching in Alexandria --
D. Writings --
E. Pagans and Christians --
2. The Philosophy of Hierocles --
A. The three divisions of philosophy --
B. Contemplative philosophy --
C. Practical philosophy: civic --
D. Practical philosophy: telestic --
E. Divine likeness --
3. Providence, Fate, and Free Will --
A. The big picture --
B. Man's fate and free will --
C. Providence and the irrational world --
D. Opposing views of providence and fate --
E. Hierocles' theodicy --
Part II --
Translation of the Commentary on the Golden Verses of the Pythagoreans --
Part III --
Translation of On Providence --
Bibliography --
Index of Passages --
Index of Names and Subjects --
Index of the Commentary --
Index of On Providence.
Responsibility: Hermann S. Schibli.
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