The Platonic Heritage Further Studies in the History of Platonism and Early Christianity
This third collection of articles by John Dillon covers the period 1996-2006, the decade since the appearance of The Great Tradition. Once again, the subjects covered range from Plato himself and the Old Academy, through Philo and Middle Platonism, to the Neoplatonists and beyond. Particular concerns evidenced in the papers are the continuities in the Platonic tradition, and the setting of philosophers in their social and cultural contexts, while at the same time teasing out the philosophical implications of particular texts. Such topics are addressed as atomism in the Old Academy, Philo's concept of immateriality, Plutarch's and Julian's views on theology, and peculiar features of Iamblichus' exegeses of Plato and Aristotle, but also the broader questions of the social position of the philosopher in second century A.D. society, and the nature of ancient biography.
'Dillon, long-time professor at Trinity College Dublin, has been a leading authority on Platonism since the publication of his The Middle Platonists (1977). This volume ... reflects the depth derived from a life immersed in the study of this field. ... For all but those with access to the finest research libraries, this should be compelling, but even for many of those, having a decade of Dillon ready to hand will be worth the price.' Religious Studies Review