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The Phaedrus and the life of Plotinus

Sabo, Theodore 2015. The Phaedrus and the life of Plotinus. Journal for Late Antique Religion and Culture 8 , pp. 1-13. 10.18573/j.2014.10322

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A perusal of Plato’s dialogue the Phaedrus sheds much light on Porphyry’s Vita Plotini. The similarities between the two works are impressive, and it can be argued that Porphyry wrote his text with the dialogue in mind. These similarities include their use of medicine, their structural disunity, and their cast of characters, among which must be included the impalpable but pervasive entity the supernatural. Two of the key themes of the Phaedrus—communication and the godlikeness of the pre-fallen soul—also inform the present discussion of the Vita. Plotinus had difficulty with both spoken and written communication, but his godlikeness allowed him to triumph over them.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Publisher: Cardiff University
ISSN: 1754-517X
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 05 May 2023 15:49

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