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Anaxagoras, Origen, and Neoplatonism: The Legacy of by Professor Panayiotis Tzamalikos

By Professor Panayiotis Tzamalikos

This e-book provides a ground-breaking exposition of Anaxagoras' legacy to Classical and overdue Antiquity, seriously assessing Aristotle's distorted illustration of Anaxagoras. Origen, previously a Greek thinker of notice, is put within the historical past of philosophy for the 1st time. by means of drawing on his Anaxagorean history, and being the 1st to restore the Anaxagorean conception of Logoi, Origen lead the way to Nicaea.

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For all too often did ancient intellectuals not realize his influence, since many of them had not read Anaxagoras’ work first-hand. Therefore, ‘drawing on Anaxagoras’ means that some intellectuals practiced no direct and conscious borrowing from him, even though his fundamental lines of thought became prevalent in Greek philosophy, and they were often developed without knowledge of him being the source. The present work takes a mostly positive view to the exposition of Simplicius rebutting Aristotle’s representation of Anaxagoras.

Anonymus (third century AD), Ars Rhetorica, 216. The story goes that Pericles caused a war of Athens against Megara in order to escape prosecution. Plutarch insisted that all of this was but slander. Plutarch, Pericles, 31. 2‒3: ψήφισμα Διοπείθης ἔγραψεν εἰσαγγέλλεσθαι τοὺς τὰ θεῖα μὴ νομίζοντας ἢ λόγους περὶ τῶν μεταρσίων διδάσκοντας, ἀπερειδόμενος εἰς Περικλέα δι᾿ ᾿Aναξαγόρου τὴν ὑπόνοιαν.  Probably the father of comic Menander. Cf. 2. 66. Suda (letter mu entry 589) has it that he was the father of another Menander.

Only a part of this work by Plutarch has survived. See J. Mau, Placita Philosophorum, in Plutarchi Moralia, vol. 1, Leipzig, 1971, pp. 50‒153.  Eusebius, op. cit. 14.  Eusebius, op. cit. 11.  Eusebius, op. cit. 12. 7. It will be shown that he was an Anaxagorean philosopher, for which Proclus rebucked him as an ‘anti-Platonist’ (Theologia Platonica, v.

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