Iamblichus of Chalcis: The Letters


Iamblichus is the only Platonist philosopher whose philosophical letters have survived from the ancient world. These nineteen letters, which are translated into English here for the first time, address such topics as providence, fate, concord, marriage, bringing up children, ingratitude, music, and the cardinal virtues, with some letters addressed to students and others to prominent members of Syrian society and the imperial administration. The letters reflect the concerns of popular moral philosophy and illustrate the more public aspects of Iamblichus’s philosophy. This volume provides a useful complement to Iamblichus: On the Mysteries, and On the Pythagorean Way of Life, both published by the Society of Biblical Literature, and will be of interest to students of late antiquity, of Neoplatonic philosophy, and of early Christianity.

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John M. Dillon is Emeritus Professor of Greek at Trinity College Dublin. His numerous publications include The Middle Platonists, 2nd Edition (Duckworth), Salt and Olives: Morality and Custom in Ancient Greece (Edinburgh University Press), and Iamblichus: On the Mysteries (Society of Biblical Literature).

Wolfgang Polleichtner is Researcher at the Latin Philology Institute of Ruhr-Universität Bochum.
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