Two Quotations — van den Berg on Proclus not being Athenian and what that means for sympatheia and Proclus’ prose prayer to the Gods in the Parmenides commentary

This week, after over a month of waiting, my Brill MyBooks came in. One of the books was Iamblichus' De Anima — or, after the front cover, shall I say <html>Iamblichus' De Anima (yes, literally, I guess he was in fact Very Online) — and the other was a MyBook print-on-demand of Proclus' Hymns by van … Continue reading Two Quotations — van den Berg on Proclus not being Athenian and what that means for sympatheia and Proclus’ prose prayer to the Gods in the Parmenides commentary

Some Quotations from Olympiodorus’ Commentary on Plato’s PHAEDO

In January, I read eight books, among them Olympiodorus' Commentary on Plato's Phaedo. It comes from notes taken during his lectures, so as with any lecture notes, mileage may vary based on the likely-Christian student's (or students') accuracy and attentiveness. Here are a few notes. (As a reminder, I have a commonplace book tag with … Continue reading Some Quotations from Olympiodorus’ Commentary on Plato’s PHAEDO

Some Passages from Damascius’ Commentary on the PHAEDO

I just finished reading Damascius' discussion of the Phaedo, and I have a few quotations that I would like to share with you all. It's sometimes an unwieldy challenge to pull quotations that are striking from a commentary because the passages are very contextual. Here, the discussion of the Phaedo focuses on the various arguments … Continue reading Some Passages from Damascius’ Commentary on the PHAEDO

Offspring of the Gods — Something from Proclus’ Commentary on Plato’s TIMAEUS

The passage below is of great theological interest. Previously on this blog, I have mentioned that being in the train of a God is not particularly unique because it could be said about each and every person, and this is yet another passage that deals with that. It's also striking to me looking at this … Continue reading Offspring of the Gods — Something from Proclus’ Commentary on Plato’s TIMAEUS

Interesting Proclus Passage About Parallels “with the Sacred Tradition”

This passage from Proclus comes at the tail end of where he's discussing the visible and invisible periods of the planets, and — surprisingly, but possibly only due to my ignorance — seems to say at 88.30 that each of the planets' years is itself a God. The discussion transitions to a discussion of traditional … Continue reading Interesting Proclus Passage About Parallels “with the Sacred Tradition”

A Duo of Quotations from Proclus’ Timaeus Commentary, Book 3, Pt. II

In a few days — after the Nobel in Physics is announced — much of my time will be occupied with a rapid-turnaround data analysis of the citation patterns of the winner(s). I enjoy doing these, even if the world isn't watching quite so much now; when I first started these analyses, the laureates were … Continue reading A Duo of Quotations from Proclus’ Timaeus Commentary, Book 3, Pt. II

A Miscellany of Quotations: Proclus’ PARMENIDES Commentary

You may have read my previous post that mentioned torching everything on my Twitter account except for my current pinned Tweet and a few ornaments. Among the things torched were my live-reads of various philosophical texts, with images of the text. I had always intended to go back and clean my notes up significantly because … Continue reading A Miscellany of Quotations: Proclus’ PARMENIDES Commentary