Hierocles of Alexandria

Hardcover | August 7, 2003

byHermann S. Schibli

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This is the first comprehensive work in English on the fifth-century Neoplatonic philosopher Hierocles. It contains a survey of his life, writings, and pagan and Christian surroundings, and examines the major tenets of his thought under the rubrics of contemplative philosophy, practicalphilosophy (civil and telestic), and providence. Schibli situates Hierocles in the mainstream of Neoplatonism from Plotinus to Damascius. Particularly helpful is the inclusion of a modern English translation of Hierocles' Commentary on the Golden Verses of the Pythagoreans and of the remnants of histreatise On Providence. The translations are fully annotated throughout.

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This is the first comprehensive work in English on the fifth-century Neoplatonic philosopher Hierocles. It contains a survey of his life, writings, and pagan and Christian surroundings, and examines the major tenets of his thought under the rubrics of contemplative philosophy, practicalphilosophy (civil and telestic), and providence. S...

Hermann S. Schibli is Visiting Professor of Classics at the Universitat Passau, Germany

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:436 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 1.07 inPublished:August 7, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Part I. the Life and Philosophy of Hierocles1. The Life of Hierocles2. The Philosophy of Hierocles3. Providence, fate, and free willPart II. Translation of the Commentary on the Golden Verses of thePythagoreansPart III. Translation of On Providence

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'Hermann S. Schibli performs a valuable service in reexamining the evidence for the contents of Pherecydes' book and in reediting the fragments and testimonia. There is little doubt that his edition ... will come to be the standard for future work on Pherecydes ... Schibli gives us here atremendously important study of an elusive author.'Robert Lamberton, Princeton University, Ancient Philosophy 12 (1992)