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paradeigma  Term Image (παραδειγμα) Script Image
(Language:  Greek)
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Short Description: exemplar, paradigm, archetype, pattern, model
Long Description: exemplar, paradigm, archetype, pattern, model; according to Plato, a paradigm of his perfect state is laid up in Heaven ( Rep.592b); the noetic Paradigm is regarded as the model for the creation: the visible world is a living creature made after the likeness of an eternal original, i.e. the ideal Living Animal in the world of Forms; thus the world is an image of the eternal paradigms ( paradeigmata); therefore the Demiurge makes cosmos as an agalma (hieratic statue, cultic image, ornament) and sets up within it the agalmata of the individual gods.
Source(s): The Golden Chain: An Anthology of Platonic and Pythagorean Philosophy, by Dr. Algis Uždavinys
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Provided By: Dictionary of Spiritual Terms