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Divine Powers in Late Antiquity

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2018.09.25 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Anna Marmodoro and Irini-Fotini Viltanioti, Divine Powers in Late Antiquity, Oxford University Press, 2017, 288pp., $95.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780198767206. Reviewed by Michael Griffin, University of British Columbia This collection explores how ancient Mediterranean philosophers, writing in Greek and Latin between about the first and fifth centuries CE, "conceptualize the idea that the divine is powerful" (1). These philosophers offered sophisticated accounts of divine powers or potentials (dunameis) -- roughly, instances of properties that enable their owners to effect or undergo a change. The leading protagonists are (in chronological sequence), Philo of Alexandria, Paul of Tarsus (and other composers and interpreters of early Christian texts), Plotinus, Origen, Porphyry, Iamblichus, Basil of Caesarea, Gregory of Nyssa, and Proclus. These twelve contributions -- originating from a core of papers presented in a. . .

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