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”
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
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
I've gotten out of the habit of posting things on the commonplace book tag, mostly because — just after embarking on my read through Book 2 of Proclus' Timaeus commentary — I realized that the text was rapidly becoming so interconnected that posting things without people knowing the context could do more harm than good. … Continue reading A Quotation of Interest from Proclus’ Timaeus Commentary
On Friday night, I hit the second large chunk of text (299.21-303.23) of Proclus' Timaeus commentary that deals with the theological meat that I really enjoy reading. This morning, while scrubbing dirty things in the kitchen, cleaning the shower with an Exciting New Eco-Friendly Scrub that Actually Works As Advertised (lol adulthood), and so on, … Continue reading A Miscellany of Quotations — Proclus Discusses Prayer in Book II of the Timaeus Commentary
In June, I finished reading Volume 1 of Proclus’ commentary on Plato’s Timaeus. My copy (the translation by Tarrant) is now filled with marginal notes and heavily underlined, some of the notes in all caps, others paragraphs that spilled over the seams of the margin to end in the whitespace at the bottom or top … Continue reading A Miscellany of Quotations — More from Proclus’ v.1 commentary on the Timaeus
Surely, we have to notice the reason why humans pursue gold and silver, and what they are thinking of in conceiving this unbounded desire. Clearly [they do so] out of the will to attend to their own needs from whatever source, and out of the desire to provide themselves with what contributes to their pleasure. … Continue reading Divided Things, People, a Quotation …
This post is mostly about reading Proclus' Timaeus commentary in translation, with a bit of modern science writing thrown into the mix. It all works out harmoniously.
A batch of quotations (in French) from Proclus' essay on the Myth of Er, selected because they're very interesting. One of them is a reincarnation story.