PROCLUSConstantinople, 412 - 485
Proclus, one of the last great thinkers of Neoplatonic philosophy and ancient Greek philosophical thinking in general, was born in Constantinople on February 8, 412 AD.
The son of a rich family from Lycia, he studied in the best educational centers of his time, Alexandria, Constantinople, Athens. There he came into contact with the Athenian Neoplatonic Academy, which conquered him definitively and of which he became director after the death of his teacher, Syrianos. He died in Athens on April 17, 485 AD. and was buried near Lycabettus.
Living in an age of syncretistic chaos, he will synthesize into a single and complex system the entire Neoplatonic philosophical tradition that preceded him, influenced by Pythagorean, Aristotelian and Stoic elements. various beings of demonic character, and in this form he will hand it over to the scholastic Middle Ages. His work is an essential source for every student of Neoplatonic philosophy, but also of Plato himself, of whom he often proposes original and extremely interesting interpretations.