The Essential Plotinus
"The Essential Plotinus is a lifesaver. For many years my students in Greek and Roman Religion have depended on it to understand the transition from antiquity to the Middle Ages. The translation is crisp and clear, and the excerpts are just right for an introduction to Plotionus's many-layered view of the world and humankind's place in it." --F. E. Romer, University of Arizona
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A. H. Armstrong abbreviations see Guide accord achieve action Anaxagoras animal Aristotelian mechanism Aristotle attain beauty become begets begotten bodily body comes contains cosmos Cratylus Cronus demiurge desire dialectic divine doctrine duality earth Enneads essence eternal everything evil exist faculty ﬁrst gence gible gives heaven Heracleitus higher hypostasis Idea identical Iliad individual souls indivisible intellect intelligible realm knowledge less living longer lover lower matter memory motion multiplicity mystic nature never object of contemplation origin Parmenides perceive perfect Phaedo Phaedrus 246 Philebus philosopher Plato Plotinian Plotinus Poseidonius possess present primal principle prior proceeds produces pure reality realm of sense receive remains rest seminal reasons sensation sense objects separate Simmias sort soul soul's speak Stoics symmetry templation Theaetetus things thought Timaeus tion transcendent treatise true truth unity universe virtue vision Vorsokrat whence whole wholly word