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2nd-century Platonist. He wrote a work (excerpts of which were preserved by Eusebius of Caesarea) On the Conflict between Plato and Aristotle, in which he vigorously attacks the ethics, physics, and theology of Aristotle. He points out in particular that virtue by itself cannot bring eudaimonia; he also criticizes Aristotle's failure to mention divine providence, the theory of a fifth element, and the separation of the mind (nous) from the soul. Atticus interprets literally the mythological creation of the world in Plato's Timaeus, thus positing a temporal begi…

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Halfwassen, Jens, “Atticus,”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 29 May 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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