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Chapter 19 - Athenian and Alexandrian Neoplatonism

The Athenians learnt much from Iamblichus, and the work of a younger contemporary of his, Theodoras of Asine, is probably to be seen as only reinforcing the lesson. Plutarch of Athens undergoes the same influence, and in the hands of his pupils Syrianus and even Proclus the main themes of Neoplatonism do little else than become more systematized and more canonical. Proclus insists that the hidden doctrine of Plato had been expounded by Syrianus; and not enough has survived of Syrianus himself to suggest that he had not anticipated the innovations which Neoplatonists accepted from Proclus. Ammonius was Syrianus' son-in-law and heard lectures on Aristotle's logic from Proclus before being appointed to a chair in Alexandria. Aristotle's logic particularly interested Ammonius' School, but they were drawing on a long tradition of assimilation. Its extra-logical foundations are the doctrines of categories and of predicables.
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