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Philosophy and Power in the Graeco-Roman WorldEssays in Honour of Miriam Griffin$
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Gillian Clark and Tessa Rajak

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780198299905

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198299905.001.0001

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The Creation of Orthodoxy in Neoplatonism

The Creation of Orthodoxy in Neoplatonism

(p.271) The Creation of Orthodoxy in Neoplatonism
Philosophy and Power in the Graeco-Roman World

Polymnia Athanassiadi

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines how alien the categories (in contradistinction to the actual words) ‘orthodoxy’ and ‘heresy’ were to the pagan intellectuals of late antiquity as they revised their spiritual heritage. It also examines the extent to which the orthodox (or politically correct) understanding of the way to God was used by them as an instrument and a pretext for wielding worldly power.

Keywords:   Hellenic philosophers, Judaism, Christianity, orthodoxy, heresy, Neoplatonism

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