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Middle Platonists

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This chapter goes through some of the Middle-Platonist notions of ἐφ’ ἡμĩν. The aim is to discern both the general features of Middle-Platonist notions of ἐφ’ ἡμĩν, as well as pointing to some internal divergences. The chapter starts with a brief outline of the key Platonic passages to most Middle-Platonist account of fate and the notion of ἐφ’ ἡμĩν. It then begins the analysis of Middle-Platonist notions of ἐφ’ ἡμĩν with two philosophers, namely Philo of Alexandria and Plutarch. The chapter then moves on to the standard Middle-Platonist account. It thus analyses the notion of ἐφ’ ἡμĩν in Alcinous' Didascalicus, Ps.-Plutarch's De fato, Nemesius of Emesa's De natura hominis, Calcidius' In Timaeum, Apuleius' De Platone, and in Maximus of Tyre's Orations. Finally, the chapter attempts to discern the distinguishing features and internal variations as to the notion of ἐφ’ ἡμĩν in Middle-Platonic sources.

Keywords:ἐφ’ ἡμĩν; Alcinous; Apuleius; Calcidius; Maximus of Tyre; Middle-Platonist; Nemesius of Emesa; Philo of Alexandria; Plutarch



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