Proclus

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Proclus AKA Proclus Lycaeus

Greece 412 – 485 CE


Comments: early Neoplatonism; initiated into various mystery cults; influenced by Orphic initiations and Chaldean Oracles; one of The Ancients;


Teachers: Leonas; Syrianus; Plato; Aristotle; Olympiodorus the Elder; Heron; Plotinus; Porphyry; Iamblichus; Plutarch of Athens (not Plutarch AKA Lucius Mestrius Plutarchus, author of Parallel Lives); Zoroaster; Geminus of Rhodes, author of Introduction to the Phenomena;

Students: influenced Marsilio Ficino and his student Giovanni Pico della Mirandola; Georgius Gemistus Pletho AKA Gemistus Pletho; Boethius; Ralph Waldo Emerson; Irish scholar E.R. Dodd; Abu Ya'qub al-Sijistani (971) Liber de Causis ("Book of Causes") is corrupted translation of Elements of Theology; William of Moerbeke translation in Latin of the Elements of Theology into Institutio Theologica; German-Jewish scholar Leo Baeck (1873-1956) suggests it heavily influenced the Sefer Yetzirah; Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa von Nettesheim; Lucas Siorvanes, 1986;

Organizations: Academy of Athens;

Author: commentaries on dialogues of Plato; commentary on Euclid's Elements of Geometry; The Elements of Theology AKA Metaphysical Elements; Platonic Theology; collected and translated seventy Tetrads of Zoroaster; Liber de Causis (attributed);


Resources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Proclus; http://www.kheper.net/topics/Neoplatonism/Proclus-lifeof.html; read him here - http://www.esotericarchives.com/proclus/metaelem.htm; PROCLUS ON THE ELEMENTS AND THE CELESTIAL BODIES PHYSICAL THOUGHT IN LATE NEOPLATONISM aka http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/1317977/1/311636.pdf ;