Plotinus, Porphyry, Iamblichus, Proclus -- these third- to sixth-century philosophers creatively reworked the Platonic tradition to which they were heirs, and, whether rejected or appropriated, significantly influenced the Church Fathers and recurrently, much of the later Western tradition. The lion's share of this reader consists of a topical anthology of the teachings of Plotinus (born ca. 205) preserved in the Enneads
, but there are also significant translations of excerpts from Porphyry's Letter to Marcella
and Cave of the Nymphs
, Iamblichus' On the Mysteries of Egypt
, and Proclus' Elements of Theology
. Besides the translations, Gregory contributes necessary introductions and an epilogue that summarizes the legacy of the Neo-Platonists.
An Eighth Day View:
This extensively revised and updated second edition of "The Neoplatonists" provides a valuable introduction to the thought of the four central Neoplatonist philosophers, Plotinus, Porphyry, Proclus and Iamblichus.