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John Myles Dillon is an Irish classicist and philosopher who was Regius Professor of Greek in Trinity College, Dublinmarker between 1980 and 2006. Prior to that he taught at the University of California, Berkeleymarker.He was elected a member of the Academy of Athens in 2009. Dillon's area of research lies in the history of Platonism from the Old Academy to the Renaissance, and also Early Christianity.


Among Dillon's most famous works are his translations of Iamblichus' On the Mysteries of the Egyptians, a definitive book on Middle Platonists, Neoplatonism and his editoral work on Stephen McKenna's translation of Plotinus' Enneads. Continuing in the same research as his predecessor A. H. Armstrong in the field of Neoplatonic philosophy.

Dillon is also a member of the International Society of NeoPlatonic Studies [471967]. He has recently written his first novel, entitled The Scent of Eucalyptus.

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  • The Scent of Eucalyptus, University Press of the South, 2007
  • Salt and Olives: Morality and Custom in Ancient Greece, Edinburgh University Press, 2004 (pbk. 2005)
  • Neoplatonic Philosophy: Introductory Readings, by John Dillon & Lloyd Gerson. Hackett: Philadelphia, 2004 (pbk., 2005)
  • The Heirs of Plato: A Study of the Old Academy, 347 - 247 B.C, Oxford University Press, 2003 (pbk. ed. 2005)
  • Iamblichus, On the Mysteries, trans. with introduction and notes, by Emma C. Clarke, John M. Dillon & Jackson P. Hershbell, SCM Press: Atlanta, 2003 (co-publ. Brill Leiden, 2003)
  • Iamblichus, De Anima, text, translation and commentary, edd. John F. Finamore & John M. Dillon/ Bril: Leiden, 2002
  • Dillon, John M. The Middle Platonists. Ithaca: Cornell University Press 1977.
  • The Greek Sophists, trans. John Dillon & Tania Gergel, with an intro. by John Dillon. Penguin: Harmondsworth, 2003.
  • Alcinous: The Handbook of Platonism, trans. with commentary. Oxford University Press (paper), 1995
  • The Great Tradition: Further Studies in the Development of Platonism and Christianity, Ashgate: Aldershot, 1997


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