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Psellos and his traditions


Miles, GRI, Psellos and his traditions, Byzantine Perspectives on Neoplatonism, De Gruyter, S Mariev (ed), Berlin, pp. 79-102. ISBN 978-1-5015-1167-7 (2017) [Research Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.1515/9781501503597-005


Though Michael Psellos' work is now more accessible than ever before, there remains a great deal to be interpreted, and in particular two central questions require address: what is Psellos' relationship to Christianity? What is his relationship to Neoplatonism? On a first glance at his numerous surviving works, the answers to both might seem quite straightforward. With regard to Christianity, it is well known that Psellos was willing to become a monk, and that he wrote and lectured extensively on theological topics, besides writing hagiographic works and religious orations. His great admiration for Gregory of Nazianzus ought to be evident to any reader of the short texts collected as his Theologica. In terms of philosophical affiliation, Psellos' admiration for Proclus and (somewhat more reservedly) for other Neoplatonists is also evident. What then, one might wonder, is the problem? Closer investigation brings out several related issues concerning both his religious and philosophical positions and the relationship between the two.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:Psello, religion, Christianity, Neoplatonism
Research Division:Language, Communication and Culture
Research Group:Literary studies
Research Field:Latin and classical Greek literature
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Understanding past societies
Objective Field:Understanding Europe's past
UTAS Author:Miles, GRI (Dr Graeme Miles)
ID Code:115390
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:Office of the School of Humanities
Deposited On:2017-03-21
Last Modified:2018-04-27

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