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This index section presents the list of terms and concepts of death and immortality. The ancient commentaries on Plato's Phaedo offer a unique perspective on the study of Plato's dialogue in late antiquity. Were it not for them, we would know very little about how ancient readers approached the text. Moreover, they throw an interesting light on broader subjects: the understanding of the philosophical life in the final phase of Greek Neoplatonism, and the significance which the doctrine of immortality held for the last Platonist thinkers in the ancient world. Having certain beliefs about death will also in one way or another entail certain beliefs about life. Therefore, the case for immortality is intimately tied up with two ethical questions: what is the right way for the philosopher to live and die, and what happens after death.

Keywords:death; Greek Neoplatonism; immortality



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