- Series: Cambridge Classical Studies
- Hardcover: 472 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1st edition (December 30, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1107013038
- ISBN-13: 978-1107013032
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,876,188 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Radical Platonism in Byzantium: Illumination and Utopia in Gemistos Plethon (Cambridge Classical Studies) 1st Edition
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"This stimulating book will offer much food for thought, even to those readers who, in the end, will not be prepared to accept all of Siniossoglou's conclusions." --BMCR
This book advances a revisionist approach towards the clash between humanism and Christian Orthodoxy in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries that led to the secular utopianism and paganism of visionary Platonist, Gemistos Plethon. An important read for those interested in ancient and medieval philosophy, Byzantine studies and the Renaissance.
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I recommend Siniossoglou's book very highly.
This becomes much more openly evident as both his life and the life of the Byzantine empire come to their respective closure points.
Those who were less effective in their self-cloaking and lacking in the protection of friends and position could, and did, find themselves being executed, so this was a deadly serious game to play.
Really quite a remarkable piece of work.
Niketas Siniossoglou is a known scholar in this field, and deservedly so. His breadth of knowledge in the area of paganism as it survived (barely) hidden in Byzantium is remarkable, and when he thinks it appropriate, his depth of knowledge is quite something to witness.
This is one of the precious few scholarly works that give me a desire to dig through the many primary source materials that are foundational to the message of the book.
I like that the bibliography consists in great measure of primary works, if not the majority being such. Too many books are based on other people's book which are in turn based on other people's books, etc. Not so here. This is the product of a great deal of work and research over years.
Looking forward to everything this man writes in future.
Moreover, the language used by Siniossoglou is a brilliant example of how a strict scientific discourse can be easily accessible to wider readerships.
Hence, I couldn't agree more: highly recommended for young scholars and philosophers as well as for true lovers of history of ideas who seek for unbiased knowledge.