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Plato and Theodoret

Plato and Theodoret
The Christian Appropriation of Platonic Philosophy and the Hellenic Intellectual Resistance

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  • Date Published: March 2008
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521880732

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  • In late antiquity Plato's philosophy became a battlefield between the competing discourses and rival intellectual paradigms represented by Hellenism and Christianity. Focusing on Theodoret of Cyrrhus' Graecarum Affectionum Curatio, Dr Siniossoglou examines the philosophical, rhetorical and political dimensions of the Neoplatonic–Christian conflict of interpretations over Plato. He shows that the apologist's aim was to procure a radical shift in Hellenic intellectual identity through the appropriation of Platonic concepts and terminology. The apologetical strategies of appropriation are confronted with the perspective of the intended audience, the Hellenic elite, by means of comparative discourse analysis. The outcome is a reconstruction of a vital trial of strength between Neoplatonic hermeneutics and the Christian rhetorical mode of rewriting Plato. The volume concludes that the fundamental Hellenic–Christian opposition outweighed any linguistic merging that might have occurred between the two systems, and that this opposition outlived the dominance of Christianity in late antique society and politics.

    • Provides an innovative hermeneutical model for recovering the Hellenic-Christian conflict over Plato
    • Applies an intertextual and interdisciplinary methodology
    • Advances from case studies to broad conceptual patterns
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    • Date Published: March 2008
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521880732
    • length: 280 pages
    • dimensions: 222 x 142 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.5kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. The conflict between Hellenism and Christianity in Late Antiquity
    2. Peri Archês: the question of philosophical monotheism
    3. Askesis: from Platonic to Christian asceticism
    4. Mythos and kosmos: Judeo-Christian creationism and Plato's cosmology
    5. Nomos: the political implications of Judeo-Christian monotheism
    Conclusion: Platonic philosophy and the question of Hellenic identity.

  • Author

    Niketas Siniossoglou

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