1. The divine Homer and the background of neoplatonic allegory: Homer's pretensions -- Interpretation, allegory, and the critics of Homer -- Homer as theologos -- The Pythagoreans -- 2. Middle Platonism and the interaction of interpretive traditions: Philo of Alexandria -- Numenius -- Clement and Origen -- 3. Plotinian neoplatonism: Plotinus -- Porphyry -- Julian and Sallustius -- 4. The interaction of allegorical interpretation and deliberate allegory -- 5. Proclus: Introduction -- Language as a system of meaning -- Myths or texts? -- The major exegesis of Homer in the commentary on the Republic -- The meaning of the Iliad and Odyssey -- 6. The transmission of the neoplatonists' Homer to the Latin Middle Ages: The paths of transmission -- The Arabic tradition -- The Greek East -- The Latin tradition -- The late Middle Ages and Dante -- Afterword: Preconception and understanding: the allegorists in modern perspective -- Appendix 1: An interpretation of the modest Chariclea from the lips of Philip the philosopher -- Appendix 2: Proclus's commentary on the Timaeus of Plato, 1.341.25-343.15 -- Appendix 3: A sampling of Proclus's use of Homer -- Appendix 4: The history of the allegory of the cave of nymphs.
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