Neoplatonism Through the Renaissance


What was the relevance of Plato’s Laws to Plotinus and Gallienus?

In the Laws (c. 360 B.C.E.) Plato describes a stable system of government that is less utopian than the Republic (c. 380 B.C.E.) because it allows for private families and private property. Some commentators have claimed that Roman Emperor Gallienus was not interested in a Platonic form of government but that he liked Plotinus and agreed to the plan for a community as a favor to him. Plotinus, it was said, was mainly interested in setting up a retreat for himself and his followers.


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