Proclus Lycius (412-485) was born in Constantinople to a family of high social status, and studied rhetoric, philosophy, and mathematics in Alexandria. As a gifted student having surpassed all philosophical instruction available in Alexandria, he went to Athens to study under Plutarch at the famous platonic academy there, and would later succeed Syranius and become head of the academy.
Like other neoplatonists before him, the crux of his work was focused on commentaries of Plato. He is reputed to have travelled widely to be initiated into the various mystery cults of his day. His work is considered to be the mature culmination of Neo-Platonism.