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date: 23 September 2020

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Portaru looks at the influences of Classical Greek philosophy on Maximus from a technical point of view, with special emphasis on Aristotle. By ‘technical point of view’, two things are understood: firstly, the philosophical-theological conditions which predetermined Maximus’ philosophical interaction (which includes acceptance and rejection) with a particular ancient author, whether pagan or Christian; and secondly, the definition of a correct method of identifying Maximus’ sources. The chapter’s focus on Aristotle does not preclude minimal, but necessary, references to Plato, middle-Platonists, Stoics, Plotinus, and the neo-Platonists.

Keywords: Maximus’ sources, Aristotle, Plato, middle-Platonism, Stoicism, Plotinus, neo-Platonism

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