International Workshop

Intellect and Soul
in Athenian Neoplatonism

19th September 2022

Alexandria, Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Delegates Hall
Al Azaritah WA Ash Shatebi, Bab Sharqi, Alexandria Governorate 21526

The Alexandria Center for Hellenistic Studies (ACHS) of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina (BA) and the Institute for Mediterranean Studies of the Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas (IMS-FORTH) co-organise the workshop “Intellect and Soul in Athenian Neoplatonism” / “Intellect et âme dans le néoplatonisme athénien”. Focusing on Athenian Neoplatonism, the workshop explores the evolution of Neoplatonic metaphysics from 3rd centrury Alexandria to 6th century Athens.

We are interested in questions such as:

  • How do the principles of Neoplatonic metaphysics develop from Plotinus to the last Athenian Commentators ?
  • How does the multiplicity of Being derive from the First Principle ?
  • What is the role of the various aspects of Soul ? How does soul relate to body ?
  • What is Time and what is Eternity ? Is the cosmos eternal or has it been created ?
  • How does metaphysical speculation inform and/or reflect other aspects of Neoplatonic thought ?

Investigating these and other relevant questions, we intend to juxtapose Plotinus’ views with the teachings of some of the last representatives of the Athenian School.

Philosopher's Portrait (Plutarch of Athens), 5th c. CE,
© Acropolis Museum, 2018, Photo by Giannis Koulelis

Speakers and Titles:

(University of Iowa)
The Constitution of the Soul and of the Universe in Proclus’ Essay on the Myth of Er

(Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres & École Pratique des Hautes Études)
Triades chaldaïques dans la doctrine proclienne des intellects (Théologie Platonicienne, livre IV)

(University of Vienna)
Simplicius on the Timaeus :
Explaining Plato in an Aristotelian Commentary (In de Caelo)

(University of Alexandria)
Proclus on Plato’s Demiurge and Matter

(University of Patras)
Damascius on the Sudden (τὸ ἐξαίφνης) and the Now (τὸ νῦν)

(University of Crete & IMS-FORTH)
Temps et éternité de Porphyre à Proclus


Irini-Fotini Viltanioti  (University of Crete & IMS-FORTH)
Mark Kyriakos, Aya Samir  (Bibliotheca Alexandrina)