Eastern Christianity and Late Antique Philosophy will find a collection of authoritative papers from across the Neoplatonic and Eastern Christian traditions. It is only recently that scholars have started to take notice of the Eastern Christian engagement with late antique philosophical texts. This volume builds upon this new interest in order to show the dynamic nature of Neoplatonism and Eastern Christianity at a time when both faced a variety of challenges. The legacy of Greek philosophy in the Christian East fills the gap between the schools of Alexandria and Baghdad and brings into focus the intellectual history of the period. The aim of the volume is to stimulate interest in late antique philosophy and its reception in the Christian East.
Eva Anagnostou-Laoutides is Associate Professor in Ancient History and Australian Research Council Future Fellow (2017-2021) in the Department of Ancient History, Macquarie University. She has published monographs and articles on the use of religious traditions in ancient political agendas; her current focus is the reception of Greek philosophy in Christianity.
Ken Parry is Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Ancient History, Macquarie University. He has published papers and edited volumes on Byzantium and Eastern Christianity and is founding editor of the series Texts and Studies in Eastern Christianity (Brill).
Preface Abbreviations Notes on Contributors
Part 1 Identity and Terminology
Eastern Christianity and Late Ancient Philosophy: a Conspectus Ken Parry
Philosophy and Theology in Late Antiquity: Some Reflections on Concepts and Terminologies Johannes Zachhuber
Part 2 Greek Christian Thought
Drunk on New Wine (Acts 2:13): Drinking Wine from Plato to the Eucharist Tradition of Early Christian Thinkers Eva Anagnostou-Laoutides
Cyril of Alexandria’s Contra Iulianum: Imperial Politics, and Alexandrian Philosophy (c. 416–428) Matthew R. Crawford
Philosophy as Transformation in Early Christian Thought Michael Champion
Theology and Philosophy in the Late Patristic Discourse: Pure Existence, Qualified Existence, and the Arbor Porphyriana Dirk Krausmüller
Translating Crisis into Logic: John Damascene’s Iconic Conceptualization of History vis-à-vis Late Neoplatonic Symbolism Vassilis Adrahtas
Part 3 Proclus the Neoplatonist
Civic Virtues and the Goal of Likeness to God in Proclus’ Republic Commentary Dirk Baltzly
Summarising Platonic Education in Proclus’ Reading of Plato’s Cave and Divided Line Graeme Miles
Part 4 Pagans and Christians in Byzantium
Eunapius’ Lives of Philosophers and Sophists: Was He Constructing “Pagan Saints” in the Age of Christianity? Han Baltussen
A Pagan Philosopher at the Imperial Court: the Case of Pamprepius Meaghan McEvoy
Pagan and Christian Dream Theory in Maximus the Confessor Bronwen Neil
Part 5 Syriac and Arabic Christian Thought
The Greek Jargon of Logic and East Syrian Intra-elite Conflicts in the Early Islamic Empire Nestor Kavvadas
Pyrrho and Sextus Refuting Philosophy and the Value of Definition: on the Arabic Reception of the Late Antique Prolegomena to Philosophy Elvira Wakelnig