My Biggest Takeaways from the Chaldean Oracles

At the close of August, after reading Proclus' Parmenides commentary, I spent a few days with the Chaldean Oracles fragments as translated by Ruth Majercik. The ChalOr¹ are quoted a lot by Proclus and other Late Platonists — I read the last third of the Parmenides commentary in the span of about two and a half weeks, and the … Continue reading My Biggest Takeaways from the Chaldean Oracles

Ascendant: Modern Essays on Polytheism and Theology [Review-ish]

So far this year, I have read and/or finished three books that have something to do with the core topic of this blog: Hermes by Arlene Allan, the new Ascendant: Modern Essays on Polytheism and Theology edited by Michael Hardy, and The Golden Ass by Apuleius. Since it was produced by people in the polytheistic community, though, I'm … Continue reading Ascendant: Modern Essays on Polytheism and Theology [Review-ish]

Review: Watts’ The Final Pagan Generation

The Final Pagan Generation (Edward J. Watts, 2015) covers the 310s – 390s CE. It looks at four elites of the Roman social world — Libanius, Themistius, Praetextatus, and Ausonius. Three were traditional religionists, and one was Christian. Watts follows this cohort's lives to answer the questions of how the radical social, political, and religious … Continue reading Review: Watts’ The Final Pagan Generation