The Death of Dionysus and Ethical Dualism: On Olympiodorus’ Anthropogony and Neoplatonic Depictions of the Manichaean Cosmos

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Title The Death of Dionysus and Ethical Dualism: On Olympiodorus’ Anthropogony and Neoplatonic Depictions of the Manichaean Cosmos
Dionizova smrt in etični dualizem: nekaj misli o Olimpiodorjevi antropogoniji in neoplatonističnih opisih manihejskega kozmosa
 
Creator Božič, Blaž
 
Subject The Death of Dionysus
Ethical Dualism
Olympiodorus’ Anthropogony
Manichaean Cosmos
Dioniz
smrt
etični dualizem
Olimpiodor
antropogonija
manihejski kozmos
 
Description The version of anthropogony presented in Olympiodorus’ interpretation of Socrates’ philosophical argument against suicide (In Phaed. 1.3.3.–14) suggests two important questions: about the role of ethical dualism and original sin in pagan religion and philosophy on the one hand, and about the extent of Olympiodorus’ innovativeness on the other. I argue that Olympiodorus’ time foregrounded ethical dualism as a major concern in allegorical interpretations of Dionysus’ death by dismemberment, and that certain antecedents for a dualistic view might have existed (e.g. in the theological concepts of Orphic religions). Although any attempt to establish historical connections is bound to be speculative, some sources indicate that the specific link of Dionysus’ death with ethical dualism is not necessarily an innovation contributed in its entirety by Olympiodorus. I derive my main argument from a reference by Alexander of Lycopolis, who mentions that some of the Manichaeans used similar metaphors to describe the structure of the cosmos, which is based in their teachings on an ethical conflict.
Antropogonija, ki jo v svoji eksplikaciji Sokratovega filozofskega argumenta proti samomoru (In Phaed. 1.3.3.–14) navede Olimpiodor, odpira dve osrednji vprašanji: o vlogi etičnega dualizma in izvirnega greha v poganski religiji in filozofiji ter o dometu Olimpiodorjeve inovativnosti. V prispevku sem skušal pokazati, da je v okviru alegorične interpretacije Dionizove smrti z raztrganjem etični dualizem eden ključnih poudarkov in da so za takšno interpretacijo morda obstajali določeni zgledi (npr. v konceptih orfiških verovanj). Četudi je dokazovanje historičnih povezav nujno spekulativno, obstaja več indicev, da takšno – etizirajoče – razumevanje dionizičnega in titanskega principa morda ni le Olimpiodorjeva inovacija. Eden takšnih indicev je navedba Aleksandra iz Likopolisa, da so nekateri manihejci s podobnimi metaforami opisovali ustroj kozmosa, ki v manihejski predstavi temelji na etičnem konfliktu.
 
Publisher Znanstvena založba Filozofske fakultete
 
Date 2019-09-30
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion
 
Format application/pdf
 
Identifier https://revije.ff.uni-lj.si/keria/article/view/8764
10.4312/keria.21.1.31-44
 
Source Keria: Studia Latina et Graeca; Vol 21 No 1 (2019); 31-44
Keria: Studia Latina et Graeca; L. 21 Št. 1 (2019); 31-44
2350-4234
1580-0261
10.4312/keria.21.1
 
Language slv
 
Relation https://revije.ff.uni-lj.si/keria/article/view/8764/8675
 
Rights Copyright (c) 2019 Blaž Božič
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0
 

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