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Hierocles of Alexandria

Hermann S. Schibli


This book surveys the 5th-century Neoplatonic philosopher Hierocles of Alexandria. It contains a survey of his life, writings, and pagan and Christian surroundings, and examines the major tenets of his thought under the rubrics of contemplative philosophy, practical philosophy (civil and telestic), and providence. The book situates Hierocles in the mainstream of Neoplatonism from Plotinus to Damascius. Particularly helpful is the inclusion of a modern English translation of Hierocles’ Commentary on the Golden Verses of the Pythagoreans and of the remnants of his treatise On Providence. The tra ... More

Keywords: Hierocles, paganism, Christianity, Neoplatonism, On Providence, practical philosophy, providence, contemplative philosophy, Greek philosophy

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Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780199249213
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199249213.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Hermann S. Schibli, author
Universität Passau, Germany

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Part I The Life and Philosophy of Hierocles

Part II Translation of the Commentary on the Golden Verses of the Pythagoreans