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Theurgy and the Soul : The Neoplatonism of Iamblichus (Hermeneutics : Studies in the History of Religions) by Gregory Shaw
Plotinus
Page of resources on the PRB.

 

Plotinus:  The Six Enneads
This is the full text online.  There is also a .txt version available for download.

Also:  Several comments have been posted about The Six Enneads. Read them or add your own.

 

Proclus Diadochus:  On the Sacred Art
Translated by Stephen Ronan.  This text Explains the theurgic understanding of the ‘spiritual mechanics’ behind religious ritual.

 

Proclus Diadochus:   On the Signs of Divine Possession
Translated by Stephen Ronan.  This text Explains how the ancients understood the phenomena of trance and possession.

 

Porphyry of Tyre Letter to Anebo and Iamblichus of Chalcis On the Mysteries
Essay by Stephen Ronan.  Porphyry of Tyre’s (c. 232/3-305 AD) Letter to Anebo (Epistula ad Anebonem) and Iamblichus of Chalcis’ (c. 242-325 AD) On the Mysteries (De mysteriis) are two of the most important religious and philosophical documents of Late Antiquity. Porphyry and Iamblichus were both highly esteemed and influential Pagan Neoplatonic philosophers whose views, especially their religious views, have not tended to receive a fair and unprejudiced treatment, and this is true of Iamblichus most of all. Oddly enough, despite the reputations of these documents, a careful analysis will show that neither of them are primarily concerned with magic. What they are concerned with is traditional Pagan religion, its apparent contradictions, and its relationship to philosophy. 

This is a detailed analysis of these two famous documents which raise and resolve questions about the meaning of, and apparent contradictions in, ancient religion and ritual. Also of particular importance for the ancient Pagan-Christian debate.

 

The History of Neoplatonism
Neoplatonism was the last of the great schools of Greek philosophy; and the most mystical.  It's founder Plotinus and his successors taught an elaborate emanationist cosmology.

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bulletThe Roots of  Neoplatonism
bulletThe Neoplatonist Family Tree
bulletNeoplatonist Metaphysics
bulletAmmonius Saccus
bulletPlotinus
bulletLater Neoplatonists
bulletPorphry and Amelius
bulletIamblichus and the Syrian School
bulletThe Athenian School
bulletThe Alexandrian School
bulletThe end of Neoplatonism
bulletThe Influence of Neoplatonism

 

Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy:  Neoplatonism
Neoplatonism is the last development of Greek philosophy. It adopted elements of the older systems, especially the Platonic, and added an element of mystical speculation. This speculation focused mainly on the relation of God to humans and the universe; however, physics, ethics, and logic were not completely neglected. The mystical tendency, which is apparent in Plato, is responsible for redirecting Neoplatonic speculation away from the scientific strictness of older Greek philosophers...

 

Catholic Encyclopedia:  Neoplatonism
A system of idealistic, spiritualistic philosophy, tending towards mysticism, which flourished in the pagan world of Greece and Rome during the first centuries of the Christian era. It is of interest and importance, not merely because it is the last attempt of Greek thought to rehabilitate itself and restore its exhausted vitality by recourse to Oriental religious ideas, but also because it definitely entered the service of pagan polytheism and was used as a weapon against Christianity...

 

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