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.
I haven't done a Commonplace Book post in a while, so here's another one. First, I have a book recommendation: If you like my commonplace book posts, which are heavy on Platonism and especially Proclus right now because that's who I'm reading, you will love Chlup's Proclus: An Introduction. There is a lower-priced paperback or … Continue reading Commonplace Book: Proclus, Hermias
The Eumenideia starts at sundown on 20 February this year (27 Anthesterion). Before I get meandering, here are the basics: Make some cakes. They can have many humps; they can be smooth on top. It depends on whether you are working with something that holds its shape. I steam soft rice cakes and drizzle honey … Continue reading Eumenideia 699.3
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
I finished reading Damascius' Lectures on the Philebus. Why does the Cause associate itself with the mixture? Because the mixture is all-embracing, while the Cause itself is all things. For what is simple cannot comprehend its power, which, transcending unity, comprises all things in an ineffable way. For this reason the divine Iamblichus says that it … Continue reading Some Quotations from Damascius
From The Yoga Sūtras of Patañjali Years ago, when I started reading the 600-page commentary (900 ebook pages; the page numbers below are ebook ones) on the Yoga Sūtras by Edwin F. Bryant, I wanted to have a better grounding in the philosophy behind the asana I practiced multiple times a week so I would … Continue reading A Miscellany of Quotations — 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
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