In its eighth year, the Neoplatonic Studies seminar will focus on three texts: a) the biography of Proclus written by his pupil Marinus; b) an anonymous introduction to Platonic studies dating from the Alexandrian school of the sixth century (A.D.); and, in tandem with readings from Plato’s text, c) Damascius’s Lectures on the Philebus.The seminar is, as it has been from its inception, open to all – to those who have and do not have ancient Greek, to those well-versed in ancient Neoplatonic philosophy, and to those who are not. The only requisite is ‘a desire to know’. Each week the seminar studies a short passage or two in English translation (though those who prefer to read the original Greek are not forbidden from doing so).
The seminar is organized by Sara Miglietti (Warburg), Tim Addey (Prometheus Trust), Harold Tarrant (University of Newcastle, Australia), Dilwyn Knox (UCL), Daniel Samuel (Warburg PhD), and Peter Singer.
- Marinus of Samaria, The Life of Proclus; or Concerning Happiness. The Greek text with an English translation is contained in: Essays and Fragments of Proclus, the Platonic successor, transl. Thomas Taylor, Frome: The Prometheus Trust, 1999. Available from the Prometheus Trust website under the title Essays and Fragments of Proclus. The text is also available, with notes, in: Mark Edwards, Neoplatonic Saints. The Lives of Plotinus and Proclus by Their Students, Liverpool University Press, Liverpool, 2000.
- Anonymous Prolegomena to Platonic Philosophy, Greek text ed. with an English translation by L. G. Westerink, 2nd edition, Dilton Marsh: Prometheus Trust, 2011. Available from the Prometheus Trust website.
- Damascius, Lectures on the Philebus, transl. L. G. Westerink, 3rd edition, Westbury, Prometheus Trust, 2010. Available from the Prometheus Trust website.
- Plato, Philebus: any modern translation that includes the Stephanus column numbers in the margin.
Seminars will take place via Zoom, Thursdays, 5.00-7.00pm (UK time), on the dates indicated below. If you are not already a participant and would like to join the sessions, please email Daniel Samuel (firstname.lastname@example.org) to be sent a link to Zoom.