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Iamblichus of Chalcis: The Letters (Writings…
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Iamblichus of Chalcis: The Letters (Writings from the Greco-Roman World) (utgåvan 2009)

av John M. Dillon, Wolfgang Polleichtner

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Iamblichus is the only Platonist philosopher whose philosophical letters have survived from the ancient world. These nineteen letters, which are translated into English here for the first time, address such topics as providence, fate, concord, marriage, bringing up children, ingratitude, music, and the cardinal virtues, with some letters addressed to students and others to prominent members of Syrian society and the imperial administration. The letters reflect the concerns of popular moral philosophy and illustrate the more public aspects of Iamblichus s philosophy. This volume provides a useful complement to Iamblichus: On the Mysteries, and On the Pythagorean Way of Life, both published by the Society of Biblical Literature, and will be of interest to students of late antiquity, of Neoplatonic philosophy, and of early Christianity.… (mer)
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Titel:Iamblichus of Chalcis: The Letters (Writings from the Greco-Roman World)
Författare:John M. Dillon
Andra författare:Wolfgang Polleichtner
Info:Society of Biblical Literature (2009), Paperback, 146 pages
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This book was somewhat interesting. There's not much more of Iamblichus I feel inclined to read right now though. This doesn't seem to add much to our knowledge of his Neo-Platonist system, but it does provide some interesting details in regards to his interpretation of fate and providence. Most of the rest would be qualified as ethical philosophy.

Dillon and Polleichtner do add some commentary and notes regarding the Greek text that I found helpful. John Dillon is considered one of the foremost authorities on Neo-Platonism. He is a contributor on numerous books I've been collecting and reading on the subject. It seems as though he has mined Stobaeus' works pretty thoroughly in order to provide us with some of these editions of Neo-Platonist writings. Stobaeus was a doxographer and took extracts from notable Neo-Platonists. If he hadn't done this in the case of Iamblichus, we would be a lot more limited in our knowledge of his philosophy. Iamblichus' De Anima and his letters only exist in Stobaeus. It seems that instead of just providing a critical edition of Stobaeus, whole books are published based on rather meagre extracts from his anthologies. I like the commentaries and they do provide us with some useful information, but one must be honest regarding the fact that the extracts amount to very few pages of actual text. I found the commentary on Iamblichus' De Anima a bit more informative and useful, so maybe I didn't feel the need to state the preceding on that review.

Kessinger has numerous pamphlets from Stobaeus that would be great if they were collected into one volume. It would be nice if someone did that. I would certainly purchase it. As it stands, if one were to buy individually the pamphlets at 5-10$, one would be paying more than 100$ for all of them. ( )
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Iamblichus is the only Platonist philosopher whose philosophical letters have survived from the ancient world. These nineteen letters, which are translated into English here for the first time, address such topics as providence, fate, concord, marriage, bringing up children, ingratitude, music, and the cardinal virtues, with some letters addressed to students and others to prominent members of Syrian society and the imperial administration. The letters reflect the concerns of popular moral philosophy and illustrate the more public aspects of Iamblichus s philosophy. This volume provides a useful complement to Iamblichus: On the Mysteries, and On the Pythagorean Way of Life, both published by the Society of Biblical Literature, and will be of interest to students of late antiquity, of Neoplatonic philosophy, and of early Christianity.

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