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Die "Hieroi Logoi" des Aelius Aristides im weiteren Kontext der griechisch-römischen Traumliteratur
Author: Ursula Bittrich
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
Die Hieroi Logoi des mysischen Rhetors Aelius Aristides werden in dieser Studie vor dem Hintergrund einer reichen Tradition von Texten der griechisch-römischen Traumliteratur neu beleuchtet. Behandelt werden einerseits einschlägige Äußerungen sowie Traktate aus dem Bereich der Traumtheorie und -deutung, andererseits literarische Traum- und Visionsschilderungen. Im Zuge der Interpretation der Hieroi Logoi des Aristides führen exemplarische Analysen einzelner Traumerzählungen mithilfe von Methoden, die uns die antike Traumdeutungsliteratur an die Hand gibt, zu der in der Forschung erstmalig angestellten Beobachtung, dass es sich bei nicht wenigen der untersuchten Traumberichte um allegorisch verschlüsselte Beschreibungen initiatorischer Erlebnisse handelt. Aristides erweist sich als ein tief in den Grundgedanken antiker Mysterien verwurzelter Redner, der die Hieroi Logoi für den aufmerksamen Leser, der zugleich das Ideal des gebildeten Menschen, des pepaideuménos, so verkörpert, dass er auch entlegene literarische Anspielungen zu erkennen vermag, zu einem Initiationsitinerar werden lässt, auf dem er gemeinsam mit dem Autor wiederholt die Höhen und Tiefen von Todesgefahr und Errettung durch göttliche Intervention durchschreitet.
Early Rabbinic Reports About Christianity and Gnosticism
Author: Alan F. Segal
In this study of the rabbinic heretics who believed in "Two Powers in Heaven," Alan Segal explores some relationships between rabbinic Judaism, Merkabah mysticism, and early Christianity. "Two Powers in Heaven" was a very early category of heresy. It was one of the basic categories by which the rabbis perceived the new phenomenon of Christianity and one of the central issues over which Judaism and Christianity separated. Segal reconstructs the development of the heresy through prudent dating of the stages of the rabbinic traditions. The basic heresy involved interpreting scripture to say that a principal angelic or hypostatic manifestation in heaven was equivalent to God. The earliest heretics believed in two complementary powers in heaven, while later heretics believed in two opposing powers in heaven. Segal stresses the importance of perceiving the relevance of rabbinic material for solving traditional problems of New Testament and gnostic scholarship, and at the same time maintains the necessity of reading those literatures for dating rabbinic material. Please note that "Two Powers in Heaven" was previously published by Brill in hardback, ISBN 90 04 05453 7 (no longer available).
Ancient biographies were more than accounts of the deeds of past heroes and guides for moral living. They were also arenas for debating pressing philosophical questions and establishing intellectual credentials, as Arthur P. Urbano argues in this study of biographies composed in Late Antiquity
Provides an overview of the history of ancient Greek and Roman philosophy. This volume contains papers, which treat topics in ancient philosophy, such as the problem of sources or the practice of ancient philosophical commentary and also explore the development of various disciplines, including mathematics, logic, grammar, physics, and medicine.
This unparalleled reference work offers general readers as well as scholars clearly written introductions to over seven hundred of the main religious and philosophical writings of Greco-Roman paganism, early Judaism, and formative Christianity from the period of Alexander the Great to Mohammed.
This edition of the Complete Works of Plotinus was the first full English translation of all Enneads. The translation follows in the footsteps of previous Platonists, such as Ficinus and Taylor, and builds on Dr. Guthrie's translations and explanations of Plotinus's master Numenius, the Pythagorean texts, the works of Proclus, etc. Dr. Guthrie's translation includes several major features that are not found elsewhere, including: 1) a reorganization of the books of the Enneads into chronological order, displaying 4 progressive stages of development; 2) a comprehensive concordance of terms and ideas; 3) an examination of Plotinic philosophy's origin, development, and destiny. The present translation "is the best for him who wishes to understand Plotinus, because it is the only edition that unscrambles, chronologically, Plotinus's 4 progressive stages of development from Porphyry's frightful hodgepodge of 9 medleys. . . . It is the most faithful version, because Dr. Guthrie's sole object was to focus the labors of the best students, Marsilius Ficinus, Mueller, Drews, Bouillet, Chaignet, Taylor, and others; but one only thing he does claim, that he has not knowingly left any obscurity. Otherwise he glories in this subservience to all the best that had been done before him, and for himself he claims nothing but the unappreciated production of what nobody else would do, and the critical discovery of Plotinus's progress."-K. S. GUTHRIE