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Our Ghosts Are Mirrors of What We Were

From Porphyry’s on Styx

“The notion explored is that the souls are like images which appear in mirrors or those on the surface of water which appear to resemble us completely and imitate our movements but have no solid matter for grasping or touching. 54 more words


Reading Out, Reading In, Or Not At All: Plato and Porphyry on Interpretation

Plato, Protagoras 347e

“Thus as well, these kinds of gatherings, if they have men the likes of which most of us claim to be, require no other voice, not even from poets, whom it is not possible to interrogate about what they mean, and when their works are introduced some people say the poet meant these things, some say they meant something different, and they dispute about a matter which they are incapable of testing.” 134 more words


The Cyclops is Part of Odysseus: More Ancient Allegory

From Porphyry’s essay, On the Cave of the Nymphs 35

“In Plato, the water, the sea and the storm are material matter. For this reason, I think, Homer named the harbor “Phorkus’” (“and this is the harbor of Phorkus”) after the sea-god whose daughter, Thoôsa, he genealogized in the first book of the… 281 more words


What is the Nucleus of the Universal Brotherhood?

We do not require mass attention, but a strong and able team. The first principle of theosophy is to build a nucleus of universal brotherhood†. Theosophical principles of an… 443 more words


Magic and Superstition in Europe

The first stop on our journey is Michael D. Bailey’s Magic and Superstition in Europe: A Concise History from Antiquity to the Present. As its title suggests, it is a single-volume overview of anything that might be called magic, witchcraft, or superstition, beginning with the Greco-Romans and ending with the late twentieth century flourishing of Wicca. 3,813 more words


279. hiraeth

You’re unhappy. You’re isolated. You think you’re the cause of this unhappiness and are unworthy of affection so you’ve few friends… you can’t stop thinking about what you’ve lost, again, for which you blame yourself.

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International Journal of the Platonic Tradition 11:1

Courtesy of the ISNS mailing list – the newest issue of IJPT has been made available. It includes an article on Plotinus and the Gnostics by Zeke Mazur, as well as a tribute to Zeke written by Jean-Marc Narbonne. 284 more words