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Faces of the Infinite: Neoplatonism and Poetry at the Confluence of Africa, Asia and Europe

Stefan Sperl and Yorgos Dedes


This pioneering volume provides the first comparative overview of the interface between Neoplatonism and poetry in the greater Mediterranean, from Late Antiquity to the present day. The introductory chapter presents the thought of Plotinus (d. 270), the founder of Neoplatonism, as rooted in both Greek and Oriental sources and explains his key principles, with focus on those of particular relevance for literature and the arts. The chapter proceeds to introduce the authors and poetic traditions covered in the volume by situating them in the intercultural transmission history of Neoplatonic conce ... More

Keywords: Neoplatonism, Poetry, Plotinus, Neoplatonic poetics, Ascent, Love, Beauty, Immanence and transcendence, Pluralism

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Print publication date: 2022 Print ISBN-13: 9780197267257
Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: May 2022 DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197267257.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stefan Sperl, editor

Yorgos Dedes, editor

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Introduction: ‘A Thing All Living Faces’

Stefan Sperl and Yorgos Dedes

Part I From Paganism and Eastern Christianity to the Islamic World (4th to 17th Centuries CE)

Part II Jewish Neoplatonism and Hebrew Poetry in Muslim and Christian Realms (11th to 17th Centuries CE)

Part III Christian and Jewish Neoplatonism in Italy and Spain (14th to 17th Centuries CE)

Part IV Neoplatonism in Modern Poetry: Splintered but Vibrant