see IamblichusIamblichus
, d. c.330, Syrian philosopher, a leading exponent of Neoplatonism. A pupil of Porphyry, he was deeply impressed by the doctrines of Plotinus. In his own teachings he combined with Plato's ideas many of those of Pythagoras and much that was mystical and even magical,
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"Things more excellent than every image," says Jamblichus, "are expressed through images." Things admit of being used as symbols because nature is a symbol, in the whole, and in every part.
Religion, policy, public and private quarrels, wars are procured by them, and they are delighted perhaps to see men fight, as men are with cocks, bulls and dogs, bears, &c., plagues, dearths depend on them, our bene and male esse, and almost all our other peculiar actions, (for [...] every man hath a good and a bad angel attending on him in particular, all his life long, which Jamblichus calls daemonem) preferments, losses, weddings, deaths, rewards and punishments, and as Proclus will, all offices whatsoever, [...], and several names they give them according to their offices, as Lares, Indegites, Praestites, &c.
Jamblichus), a pupil of the priests for twenty-two years (1981/1991:260).
Narbonne, who reveals Jamblichus in his de Mysteriis to have utilized the Enneads (6.8) to counter Porphyry's objection to theurgical doctrines as implying that the divine presumably must humble itself in the service of mankind if it were constrained by prayer.
In 1489, on the occasion of Giovanni's appointment as cardinal, Marsilio Ficino (1433-99) dedicated his Latin translation of Jamblichus, De Mysteriis (finally printed in 1497), to the youthful prelate.
In Jamblichus, energeia means divine power man can participate in (p.