This was a very beautiful piece written in honor of Proclus' death day by barefootwisdom. I think readers of my blog will be interested in taking a look at it. Today, we remember Proclus, who died in Athens on this date, in 485 CE. It’s quite possible, by mistranslating a few words here, a few … Continue reading Recommended read — “Message in a Bottle” from barefootwisdom
Two passages in particular had been on my mind recently like the prose version of music earworms, so I made images of them using a tool called Canva. And … then I made more. Canva is the cave wall, and I am the dancing flame that makes the images. The first one is a passage … Continue reading I made a few more quotation images from Platonic passages
I. sharp love / ἔρως ὀξύτατος as circles move through the grit of sensationwhat is within dissolvedmimicking blood, mirroring lifethe image of the mixing-bowlHekate's retinue of meandering spiritsthe root of all quenchless desirea growth that blooms, that shedsa red rose within the walled gardenwe hide from ourselves unspeakingshame nailing us, shackling us II. urgent love … Continue reading Sea and Mountain, Body and Mind
Weeks ago, while attending a science lecture that was probably related to astronomy, the presenter said something about the Platonic Forms that I knew was wrong. I sat on my hands (metaphorically) and stared at Zoom, my mind racing like an unruly animal that refused to come back onto its leash, and shrugged it off … Continue reading Some Brief Words on Platonic Forms
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
@barefootwisdom blogged today that it is Proclus' birthday, which was a great reminder. I'd been thinking about the Life of Proclus last night for what I thought was no reason whatsoever, so it's great to have that reminder! Click through below (the "Happy birthday, Proclus!" is hyperlinked) to read some great and inspiring pieces. Today … Continue reading It’s Proclus’ Birthday
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
If you have been wondering what A CASTING OF LIGHT and THE SONG OF PROCLUS, compiled by Guy Wyndham-Jones and published by the Prometheus Trust, contains, this post provides some helpful information about the format, arrangement of quotations, and other elements, with a few photos for clarity.
Reading one of Proclus' hymns and relating it to passages in the Platonic Theology was my very unexpected (unofficial) winter break hobby.