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The Achilles of Proclus


Miles, G, The Achilles of Proclus, The Classical Quarterly pp. 1-12. ISSN 0009-8388 (2022) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1017/S0009838822000659


In Essay Six of his Commentary on Plato's Republic , the Platonist Proclus offers a defence of the poetry of Homer and attempts to harmonize the Homeric epics, as inspired texts, with the philosophy of Plato as he interprets it. The tendency of late antique Platonists to turn to allegorical reading is well known, but in this instance, Proclus interprets Achilles by other means. In particular, he is careful to place Achilles’ actions relative to what he sees as the correct position in the scale of virtues (at the level of the political virtues). In some further remarkable passages Proclus sees Achilles’ ritual activities as a kind of prefiguration of the theurgic practices embraced by the Platonic school of Proclus’ era.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Platonism, literary theory, ethics, Proclus, Homer, Achilles
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, G (Dr Graeme Miles)
ID Code:155042
Year Published:2022
Deposited By:History and Classics
Deposited On:2023-01-24
Last Modified:2023-01-24

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