Sallust, On the Gods and the World, Chapter 2

That a God is immutable, without Generation, eternal, incorporeal, and has no Subsistence in Place.And such are the requisites for an auditor of the gods. But the necessary discourses proceed as follows: the essences of the gods are neither generated; for eternal natures are without generation; and those beings are eternal who possess a first … Continue reading Sallust, On the Gods and the World, Chapter 2

Some Passages from Damascius’ Philosophical History

At the beginning of the month, I devoured the fragments of Damascius' Philosophical History, an out-of-print translation filled with interesting anecdotes about people in the polytheistic intellectual scene of Late Antiquity. The translator, Polymnia Athanassiadi, identifies many continuities between the world of Damascius and Mediterranean cultures today even while emphasizing the extreme cultural loss and … Continue reading Some Passages from Damascius’ Philosophical History

Some Thoughts on the Fifth Delphic Maxim and a Passage from Plato’s LAWS

ἡττῶ ὑπὸ δικαίουbe overcome by justice / yield to JusticeFifth Delphic Maxim Over the past month, I have been thinking about justice and people outside of the state because I'm co-reading Plato's Laws with someone. A few weeks ago, we read a section in Book V where the Athenian Stranger is discussing appropriate conduct towards … Continue reading Some Thoughts on the Fifth Delphic Maxim and a Passage from Plato’s LAWS