One of the most significant cultural achievements of Late Antiquity lies in the domains of philosophy and religion, more particularly in the establishment and development of Neoplasticism as one of the chief vehicles of thought and subsequent channel for the transmission of ancient philisophy to the medieval and renaissance worlds. Important, too, is the emergence of a distinctive Christian philosophy and theology based on a foundation of Greek pagan thought. This book provides an introduction to the main ideas of Neoplatonism and some of the ways in which they influenced Christian thinkers.
Andrew Smith has been Professor of Classics in University College Dublin since 1992. His main interest is Greek philosophy, especially Neoplatonism; his previous publications include Porphyry's Place in the Neoplatonic Tradition and the Teubner edition of Porphyry's fragments.