Reading one of Proclus' hymns and relating it to passages in the Platonic Theology was my very unexpected (unofficial) winter break hobby.
A post from Sententiae Antiquae caught my eye a few days ago due to Apollon, and eerily, I kept thinking about it while reading the Platonic Theology due to several passages. Plutarch, Consolatio ad Apollonium 108-109: “Pindar says of Agamedes and Trophonius that they built a temple of Apollo and asked the god for a reward. He … Continue reading Death and What’s Best
Tonight, I finished reading the part of the Platonic Theology in the six books from Proclus; I'm about to commence with the remainder of the Prometheus Trust volume, which contains a seventh book by Thomas Taylor. (I've already read all of the endnotes, so I'm about 3/4 of the way through it.) I've been pushing … Continue reading Brief Thoughts after Reading Book VI of the Platonic Theology
At 12:00 AM on Friday, January 1, 2021, my neighborhood erupted into a loud exorcism of 2020 — a rough, hated year — and a welcome of 2021 — the year that many have placed our hopes and aspirations into — while I was in bed trying to stay awake reading Proclus' Platonic Theology. First … Continue reading Three Things to Begin 2021
Here are two different translations of the final bit of Proclus' Essay 5 (K69.10-19), on the Republic. What I find interesting in the translation choices — not knowing Ancient Greek — is the word choice between sin and failing. It's also interesting how the first translation separates out the hymns for the Gods from those … Continue reading Who Is the Poet?
Socrates did, in fact, cancel Homer first. Except not. It's complicated.
Even within the vacuum, physics awaits, ever-quiet — connecting-receiving stillness, infusions of illuminations, the foamy fizz of particles coming to be, ebbing to nothing — so delicate, voidless, lyrical.
In late November, I finished writing an article about the Nobel laureates in physics, which focused on providing a citation analysis of each of them after a brief summary of the black hole science that led to their awards. In writing the narrative, I realized fairly early on that I could draw on what Proclus … Continue reading Some Musings on the (Physical) Universe
The ad hoc ritual space at the beginning of the ritual. There's a passage in Marinus' Life of Proclus, the hagiography in honor of Proclus' life, that really struck me because it made me nostalgic for lunar rituals when I first read it, and often near the full moon, I'll remember it because it was … Continue reading Honoring the Moon