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Cover -- Contents -- Acknowledgements -- List of Abbreviations -- 1 Oracles and Philosophy -- 2 Oracles, Allegory and Mystery Cults -- 3 Debating Oracles: Pagan and Christian Perspectives -- 4 Debating Oracles: Porphyry's Letter to Anebo and Iamblichus' De Mysteriis -- 5 Divination, Rationality and Ritual in Neoplatonism -- 6 Divine Inspiration, Possession and Contact with the Gods in Iamblichus' De Mysteriis -- 7 Divination and Theurgy in Iamblichus' De Mysteriis -- 8 Manifesting the Gods: Oracles as Symbola -- Bibliography -- Index.
This book explores the extensive links between oracles and philosophy in Late Antiquity, particularly focusing on the roles of oracles and other forms of divination in third and fourth century CE Neoplatonism. Examining some of the most significant debates between pagan philosophers and Christian intellectuals on the nature of oracles as a central yet contested element of religious tradition, Addey focuses particularly on Porphyry's Philosophy from Oracles and Iamblichus' De Mysteriis.
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2019. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries.