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Platonopolis: Platonic Political Philosophy in Late Antiquity

Dominic J. O'Meara


Conventional wisdom suggests that the Platonist philosophers of Late Antiquity — from Plotinus in the 3rd century to the 6th-century schools in Athens and Alexandria — neglected the political dimension of their Platonic heritage in their concentration on an otherworldly life. This book presents a reappraisal of these thinkers, arguing that their otherworldliness involved, rather than excluded, political ideas. A reconstruction of the political philosophy of these thinkers is proposed for the first time, including discussion of these Platonists’ conceptions of the function, structure, and conte ... More

Keywords: Neoplatonism, political science, political reform, divinization, law, justice, state, soul

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780199285532
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199285532.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dominic J. O'Meara, author
University of Fribourg, Switzerland
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