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  • Marco Bormann
    Dec 1, 2011
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      thanks a lot,
       
      coming like this all of a sudden, it did not look at all like being Gregory's invention
      I found some parts of it in Galen now


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      > De : Goya <goya@...>
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      >Objet : Re: [neoplatonism] Question on Biology or it's history
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      >> In reading Gregory of Nyssa's "De opificio hominis" I am impressed by the
      >> last chapter where he does not stop at telling us that the organism is
      >> some kind of perfect system, he also tries to show in detail how all the
      >> organs depend on each other; which one is doing which job.
      >> Gregory is after all no neoplatonist, at least according to my standarts.
      >> But are there any neoplatonists who bothered with such detailled
      >> biological accounts? Or is this to close to the dirty matter for them?
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      >M.C. It's true that there are few surviving Neoplatonist accounts of the
      >natural world, but see now Marije Martijn, Proclus on Nature, and compare
      >Porphyry's Ad Gaurum, a detailed treatise on embryology
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      >> And another very special question, way off topic for any neoplatonist, but
      >> someone of you learned people in ancient texts might still know it: is
      >> Gregory's detailled account due to some known ancient specialist on the
      >> topic like Galen of example?
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      >M.C. Yes, almost certainly, as was the case for Gregory's
      >near-contemporary Nemesius and his De Natura hominis
      >. See my article on the latter in R. Goulet's Dictionnaire des Philosophes
      >Antiques, vol. 4, p. 630: the sources suggested for both Gregory and
      >Nemesius include Posidonius and Porphyry's lost commentary on the Timaeus.
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      >HTH, MIke
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      >> Thanks a lot
      >> Marco
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      >Michael Chase
      >CNRS UPR 76
      >Paris-Villejuif
      >France
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