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TRACING THE CONNECTIONS BETWEEN “MAINSTREAM” PLATONISM AND “MARGINAL” PLATONISM WITH DIGITAL TOOLS Luciana Gabriela Soares Santoprete* This paper presents the three-part digital and collective project Les Platonismes de l’ Antiquité tardive consisting of a database, a bibliographical index, and a research blog directed by myself in collaboration with Anna van den Kerchove, a specialist on Hermeticism and Gnosticism.1 These three resources are already available online.2 The objective of this triple project is to provide the scientific community with new digital resources relating to the study of the relationships between Classical and Late Antique philosophical traditions, particularly Plato, Middle- and Neo-Platonism, and “marginal” *  I would like to thank Dr. Stephen Lake for his patient and meticulous work in correcting my English text. I also wish to express my gratitude to the Labex-Hastec, the Centre Jean Pépin (CNRS, Paris), and the Institute for Advanced Studies at Nantes (France), which have sponsored this research from 2012 to 2014, and to the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and to Professor Dr. Christoph Horn, Institut für Philosophie, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, whose support has enabled me to prepare this article. An extended version of this article, including a detailed section on “The Current Status of Research on Platonism in Late Antiquity” will be published with the title “Tracing the Connections between ‘Mainstream’ Platonism (Middle - and Neo-Platonism) and ‘Marginal’ Platonism (Gnosticism, Hermeticism, and the Chaldean Oracles) with Digital Tools: the Database, the Bibliographical Directory, and the Research Blog The Platonisms of Late Antiquity,” in Theologische Orakel in der Spätantike, ed. Helmut Seng and Giulia Sfameni Gasparro, Collection Bibliotheca Chaldaica n° 5, Heidelberg, Universitätsverlag Carl Winter: 9–46 (forthcoming). 1 Cf. Anna Van den Kerchove, La voie d’Hermès, pratiques rituelles et traités hermétiques (Leiden: Brill, 2012). 2  These resources were created during my post-doctoral appointment funded by the LabEx-HASTEC and the Centre Jean Pépin (UPR 76-CNRS) in 2011–2012 and my research contract with the Institute for Advanced Studies in Nantes in 2013–2014; additional funding was provided in 2012–2013 by the LabEx-HASTEC, the Centre Jean Pépin (CNRS), and the Laboratoire d’Études sur les Monothéismes (CNRS). Cf. http://philognose .org and The database is currently hosted on the OVH server, but will soon be released and hosted by the “Partage” platform that will be opened at the UPR 76 in collaboration with the project ARTFL University of Chicago ( The research blog is on the platform of research blogs in the Humanities and Social Sciences “” of OpenEdition funded by the Équipex Digital Library for Open Humanities - DILOH. Its editorial board is composed of specialists from different fields and countries (cf. the list on the website under “Crédits”). i6 p&c 00 book.indb 217 2017.09.20. 16:22 LUCIANA GABRIELA SOARES SANTOPRETE 218 philosophical-religious currents from the early Christian period—the “underworld of Platonism.”3 These three instruments are: 1. A database capable of performing interdisciplinary searches between the philosophical , Gnostic, Hermetic, and Chaldean text corpuses using vocabulary, doctrines, and pertinent bibliographies; 2. A bibliographical index specializing in the relationships between philosophy, Gnosticism, Hermeticism, and Chaldean ideas; 3. A research blog that presents and discusses current projects, activities, and scientific publications relevant to the relationship between “mainstream” and “marginal ” philosophical currents in Late Antiquity. Because of their complexity and scope, these resources have been conceived as a collective, long-term project. They also benefit from the collaboration of a team of French and foreign researchers from different disciplines for the insertion of additional data and the periodic critical analysis of the data. Issues and Challenges of a New Digital Approach to the “Underworld of Platonism” Plotinus My interdisciplinary research on the relationship between the Platonic and Gnostic traditions began on treatises 31 (V 8) and 32 (V 5), respectively, which, following Richard Harder,4 are considered to be the second and third parts of Plotinus’ great anti-Gnostic treatise. I found that there are few previous studies on the anti-Gnostic controversy that is reflected in these treatises (as well as in other Plotinian treatises), and for the most part, those which have been published do not attempt to analyze this polemic by taking into account both the texts of Plotinus and the direct and indirect sources concerning the various Gnostic schools.5 In other words, they do not adequately 3  To use...


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