DOI: 10.30443/POI2020-0003

The Role of Philosophical Commentary as a Form of “Doing Philosophy” in the Platonic Academy of Athens at the Time of Proclus

Michele Abbate


This paper aims to examine the nature of philosophical commentary in the Neoplatonic philosophical tradition and in particular in the School of Athens at the time of Proclus. It also examines the structure of the Neoplatonic curriculum studiorum and the progressive degrees of knowledge to which the systematic study of Plato’s dialogues provides access. Finally, it shows how the supreme goal of Neoplatonic exegesis and philosophy consists in assimilation to the divine.

Keywords: Plato, Academy of Athens, Proclus, Curriculum Studiorum, Assimilation to the Divine

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