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Divine Powers in Late Antiquity

Anna Marmodoro and Irini-Fotini Viltanioti


What are divine powers? What is their relation to divine nature? Is power the essence of divinity, or are divine powers distinct from divine essence? Are they divine hypostases or are they divine attributes? How are they manifested? In what do their differ from the physical powers we find instantiated in nature? In which way, if at all, can they be apprehended by our limited cognitive capacities? The twelve chapters in this volume examine the way in which such and suchlike questions were addressed in the philosophical and theological debates that took place in a broad geographical spectrum, ex ... More

Keywords: power, essence, hypostases, divine attributes, Neoplatonism, Christianity

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Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198767206
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198767206.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anna Marmodoro, editor
Official Fellow in Philosophy, Corpus Christi College, Oxford

Irini-Fotini Viltanioti, editor
Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Ancient Philosophy, Power Structuralism in Ancient Ontologies Research Group, Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford.

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Anna Marmodoro and Irini-Fotini Viltanioti

Part I The Powers of the Gods: From Plotinus to Proclus

4 Iamblichus on Divination

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6 The Sceptre and the Sickle

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Part II The Powers of God: From Philo of Alexandria to the Cappadocian Fathers