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Aphrodite in Proclus' Theology

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Tuomo Lankila

Helsinki University, FinlandNone
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The outlines of Proclus’ metaphysical system are fairly well known. However, the role of the particular deities in this structure is not thoroughly examined. This article deals with the place of Aphrodite within Proclus’ theology. Aphrodite has a prominent place in Proclus’ thought because devotion to her had long been under attack and Proclus carried out his defense in the context of Christian persecution. With Neoplatonic theories of the divine series and henadology Proclus can determine different modes of the Aphrodisiac presence at all levels of reality. The tales which speak about the goddess and the meaning of the rituals dedicated to her are properly interpreted according to Proclus as symbols revealing and adoring the immaculate holiness of life.
How to Cite: Lankila, T., (2009). Aphrodite in Proclus' Theology. Journal for Late Antique Religion and Culture. 3, pp.21–43. DOI: http://doi.org/10.18573/j.2009.10299
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Published on 15 Dec 2009.
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