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How Philosophers Saved MythsAllegorical Interpretation and Classical Mythology$
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Luc Brisson

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780226075358

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226075389.001.0001

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The Neoplatonic School of Athens

The Neoplatonic School of Athens

(p.87) SIX The Neoplatonic School of Athens
How Philosophers Saved Myths
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This chapter explains the induction of a spiritual genealogy by Proclus of the movement of which he was a part, the Platonic Theology. Here he was required to realize the project of the Neoplatonic School of Athens. Plato was a theologian and this was the postulate on which the School of Athens was based. This school looked upon Plato's work as a “sacred text” revealing, though in a different mode, the same truth that was revealed in other “sacred writings,” particularly those of Orpheus and the Chaldeans. Proclus sought systematic agreement between Plato, Pythagoras, Orpheus, and the Chaldean Oracles, and used words associated with the mysteries to write about them. According to Proclus, Hesoid should be fused to a certain extent with Homer and his own aim was to organize the life of his school, its curriculum, and the production of its works, to keep the spiritual vitality of paganism.

Keywords:   Neoplatonic School of Athens, Proclus, Platonic Theology, Plato, theologian, sacred text, sacred writings, spiritual vitality

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