Saturday, May 7, 2011

Kristeller on Allegory in Psellos

In the eleventh century Michael Psellos ... combining with it the Chaldaic Or­acles, attributed to Zoroaster, and the Corpus Hermeticum. In the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries Gemistus Pletho attempted another revival of Plato’s philosophy based on Proclus and ... gave, after the model of Proclus, an allegorical explanation of the Greek divinities...convinced that Plato ...representatives of a very old pagan theology...Hermes Trismegistus and Zoroaster, Orpheus and Pythagoras, and which parallels both in age and content the revelation of the Hebrew and Christian Scripture.
Renaissance Platonism

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