This text is important as Ficino's statement of humanist theology, minimising the gap between Christianity and pagan philosophy (Ficino himself was both philosopher and priest). It was very influential in the development of Neoplatonic thinking, and Ficino notably avoided referring to scholastic theologians and the Church Fathers.
The text is reprinted from the first edition (Florence, [1474-1475]), with an additional letter at the end from Ficino to a "most faithful friend" regarding pagan philosophers. It has been surmised that Lorenzo de' Medici may have been the patron behind both the establishment of the press and of the printing of this edition. The colophon details that this edition has been "conpilate e agiunte pel sopradeto famosissimo philosopo platonicho MARSILIO ficino fiorentino".
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