31. What was Commentary in Late Antiquity? the Example of the Neoplatonic Commentators

  1. Mary Louise Gill2 and
  2. Pierre Pellegrin3
  1. Philippe Hoffmann

Published Online: 8 MAY 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781444305845.ch31

A Companion to Ancient Philosophy

A Companion to Ancient Philosophy

How to Cite

Hoffmann, P. (2012) What was Commentary in Late Antiquity? the Example of the Neoplatonic Commentators, in A Companion to Ancient Philosophy (eds M. L. Gill and P. Pellegrin), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444305845.ch31

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Brown University, USA

  2. 3

    National Center for Scientific Research (Paris), France

Author Information

  1. École Pratique des Hautes Études Paris, France

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 8 MAY 2012
  2. Published Print: 2 MAY 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780631210610

Online ISBN: 9781444305845



  • Late Antiquity and commentary, and Neoplatonic commentators;
  • Neoplatonic thought, exegetical and scholastic dimension;
  • Neoplatonic academic, traits of a religious community;
  • Neoplatonism, philosophical backbone of multiform movement;
  • uniting philosophy, and theology, exegesis, “revelation”;
  • Neoplatonic pedagogical thought, and Neoplatonic instruction;
  • exegetical misinterpretations, doctrinal fecundity;
  • exegesis, by a division into “lemmas”;
  • commentaries, using huge documentation


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • A Network of Schools

  • The Religious Climate

  • Philosophy, Revelation, and Faith

  • The Course in Philosophy: A Day in Proclus's Life

  • Neoplatonic Pedagogical Thought

  • The Doctrinal Fecundity of Exegetical Misinterpretations

  • The “Symphonic” Presupposition: Syrianus, and the Harmony of Plato and Aristotle according to Simplicius

  • The Explication of Texts: The Neoplatonic cursus of Study

  • The Beginning of the Cursus: The Introductions Taught in the Framework of the Exegesis of Porphyry's Isagoge and Aristotle's Categories, and The General Principles of Exegesis

  • Questions Preliminary to the Study of Plato

  • How Commentaries Were Composed

  • Bibliography