A Miscellany of Quotations — Reading Proclus' Essays 7-10 on the Republic in French

In January 2020, I read the first volume (of three planned) that contains essay-style commentaries that Proclus had written on the Republic of Plato. I am reading the Republic, so it seemed useful to read both simultaneously. Essays 4, 5, and 6 are lovely things; I recommend reading the new translation, which was done by … Continue reading A Miscellany of Quotations — Reading Proclus' Essays 7-10 on the Republic in French

A Miscellany of Quotations — Olympiodorus, Aristotle, Bryant, Proclus

In late December, I found out that we have Olympiodorus' writings about Plato and the Alcibiades in ebook format while I was juggling tasks at work. Because I compulsively do full text searches for Apollôn every time I encounter a Platonic philosopher (or, like, just happen to open up to the part of a text … Continue reading A Miscellany of Quotations — Olympiodorus, Aristotle, Bryant, Proclus

A Miscellany of Quotations — I Just Started Reading Aristotle

Um, so. Aristotle. Nicomachean Ethics. The translation I have is from Bartlett and Collins, and it prides itself on being literal. As I mentioned in the blog post with some final quotations from Damascius' Lecture Notes on the Philebus, I had a dream I was in a philosophy class (the details are in that post), … Continue reading A Miscellany of Quotations — I Just Started Reading Aristotle

A Miscellany of Quotations — Majercik, Bryant, Damascius

First, for several days, I have had a brainworm from the Chaldean Oracles fragments. (This isn't getting a header because it's a single quotation at the beginning.) It's the phrase sober up from Fragment 15, trans. Ruth Majercik: And you do not know that every god is good. O, drudges, sober up … However, my … Continue reading A Miscellany of Quotations — Majercik, Bryant, Damascius

A Miscellany of Quotations — Damascius and Kongtrul

From Damascius' Lectures on the Philebus First, the translator, L.G. Westerink — or the Prometheus Trust when they did their monograph — capitalizes Gods. I only just admitted that was a good decision after waffling for more than a decade, but this is a happy thing to see in a book. The Philebus is the Platonic dialogue in … Continue reading A Miscellany of Quotations — Damascius and Kongtrul