Offspring of the Gods — Something from Proclus’ Commentary on Plato’s TIMAEUS

The passage below is of great theological interest. Previously on this blog, I have mentioned that being in the train of a God is not particularly unique because it could be said about each and every person, and this is yet another passage that deals with that. It's also striking to me looking at this … Continue reading Offspring of the Gods — Something from Proclus’ Commentary on Plato’s TIMAEUS

Interesting Proclus Passage About Parallels “with the Sacred Tradition”

This passage from Proclus comes at the tail end of where he's discussing the visible and invisible periods of the planets, and — surprisingly, but possibly only due to my ignorance — seems to say at 88.30 that each of the planets' years is itself a God. The discussion transitions to a discussion of traditional … Continue reading Interesting Proclus Passage About Parallels “with the Sacred Tradition”

Black Holes, Chanting That Apollon Boreas Thing, Symbols, and Poetry

Hubble Deep Field

Apollon who gleams, who fills us up like a basin —what light within lightlessness?The ancients wrote that all could be illumined —but what illumination for the edge beyond which lightdances eternal with itself alone, bound and liberated,unseen by all, where space dances out timeand time ricochets oracular in the darkest stars?Does it mean that the … Continue reading Black Holes, Chanting That Apollon Boreas Thing, Symbols, and Poetry

A Quotation from Proclus’ Commentary on Plato’s TIMAEUS, Book 4

I came across this passage this morning in the fifth the volume of the translation of Proclus' Commentary on Plato's Timaeus, Book 4: Proclus on Time and the Stars. I really liked this passage because it's yet another one that backs up the ideas about receptivity within theurgy and worship, or the concept that highly … Continue reading A Quotation from Proclus’ Commentary on Plato’s TIMAEUS, Book 4

A Duo of Quotations from Proclus’ Timaeus Commentary, Book 3, Pt. II

In a few days — after the Nobel in Physics is announced — much of my time will be occupied with a rapid-turnaround data analysis of the citation patterns of the winner(s). I enjoy doing these, even if the world isn't watching quite so much now; when I first started these analyses, the laureates were … Continue reading A Duo of Quotations from Proclus’ Timaeus Commentary, Book 3, Pt. II

A Pointed Tangent

While I was reviewing those year-old Parmenides commentary notes over lunch to post on KALLISTI, something in one of them about points reminded me of something that I have just read in the Timaeus commentary, so I'm sharing them in juxtaposition! For the point is said to be in the line, obviously as being in … Continue reading A Pointed Tangent