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Dr Dragos Calma wins €1,992,643 ERC Consolidator Grant

Dr Dragos Calma (Clare College) has won a €1,992,643 ERC Consolidator Grant 2017​, Neoplatonism and Abrahamic Traditions

A Comparative Analysis of the Middle East, Byzantium and the Latin West (9th-16th Centuries).

The project, the only ERC_Consolidator Grant in Social and Human Sciences awarded to the University of Cambridge in 2017 and 2016, will be hosted by the Cambridge Centre for the Study of Platonism in the Faculty of Divinity.

It offers an original and ground-breaking account of the​ ​impact of Pagan Hellenic Neoplatonism on the Abrahamic traditions. It focuses​ ​mainly, but not exclusively, on the Elements of Theology of Proclus​ ​(fifth century) which occupies a unique place in the history of thought.

Together with its ninth-century Arabic adaptation, the Book​ ​of Causes, it has been translated, adapted, refuted and commented​ ​upon by Muslim, Jewish and Christian thinkers across centuries, up​ ​to the dawn of modernity.