Plato and Theodoret Paperback

The Christian Appropriation of Platonic Philosophy and the Hellenic Intellectual Resistance

by Niketas Siniossoglou;

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Plato and Theodoret

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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 2008 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.

Plato and Theodoret by Niketas Siniossoglou was published by Cambridge University Press in June 2011. The ISBN for Plato and Theodoret is 9780521300650.

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Details for Plato and Theodoret

Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherCambridge University Press (June 2011)
Number of Pages280
Thickness15 mm
Height216 mm
Width140 mm
Product Code4024930
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