Plato and Hermes in Mani’s Prophetology: a possible adaptation to the theurgical milieu

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https://doi.org/10.4013/fsu.2022.231.04

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The aim of this article is to set forth conjectures that are likely to explain the inclusion of Plato and Hermes as heralds of Mani in the testimony of Ephrem of Syria. This incorporation should be set against the background of the Syrian religious milieu, which was influenced by both Hellenistic philosophy and Eastern religious traditions. Therefore, it would be better to seek a religious and philosophical environment wherein Plato and Hermes were associated.

Keywords: Manichaeism, apocalypticism, theurgy, hermetism, Merkabah mysticism, late platonism.

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João Paulo Dantas, Universidade de Brasília

Graduate Student of Philosophy at Universidade de Brasília 

Gabriele Cornelli, Archai UNESCO Chair on the Plural Origins of the Western Thought, Universidade de Brasília;

Professor of Philosophy at Universidade de Brasília

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2022-04-05

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