Sea and Mountain, Body and Mind

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

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