Neoplatonism Through the Renaissance


Who were the early Neoplatonists?

Plotinus (205–270) founded Neoplatonism in the third century. He wrote most of his work between 253 and 270, and all of it was edited and published by his student Porphyry (233–309). Porphyry’s writings on Plotinus were developed and revised in different schools throughout the educated world, including Alexandria, Athens, Syria, and Western Europe. Early Neoplatonism ended with the work of Boëthius (full name, Anicius Manlius Severinus Boëthius; 480–c.524) in the sixth century, who attempted to reconcile Plato and Aristotle with Christian theology.


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