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The Golden Chain : An Anthology of Pythagorean and Platonic Philosophy - Algis Uzdavinys

The Golden Chain

An Anthology of Pythagorean and Platonic Philosophy

By: Algis Uzdavinys (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st November 2004
ISBN: 9780941532617
Number Of Pages: 368

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This anthology of Pythagorean and Platonic philosophy promotes a new and fresh view of what Hellenic philosophy is and what kind of wisdom it offers us. The book demonstrates through excerpts from the great Pythagorean and Platonic writers that to these thinkers philosophy is a way of life and a means of spiritual realisation-not the dry rationalistic mental exercise philosophy has become in the modern world. The Golden Chain of the title refers to the ancient belief that such philosophy transmits a heritage of unitive knowledge through a succession of enlightened teachers and students. The editor Algis Uzdavinys is an author translator and scholar of remarkable scope who uses his scholarship and his own deep knowledge of the philosophia perennis to illustrate for us the timeless wisdom of these writings. The foreword is by John Finamore.

Foreword
Introduction
Traditional accounts on the life and teachings of Pythagoras
The life of Phythagorasp. 3
The life of Pythagorasp. 6
The life of Pythagorasp. 8
On the Pythagorean lifep. 13
Testimonies of Pythagorean and Neopythagorean traditionp. 33
The Golden Verses of Pythagorasp. 34
Pythagorean sentencesp. 37
The sentences of Sextus the Pythagoreanp. 38
Pythagorean sentences from Iamblichusp. 42
Pythagorean sentences from Stobaeusp. 44
Pythagorean sentences from Clement of Alexandriap. 47
Fragments of Philolausp. 48
Pythagorean pseudepigraphap. 51
Fragments of Archytasp. 53
Timaeus of Locri on the world and the soulp. 54
Theages on the virtuesp. 59
Euryphamus concerning human lifep. 61
Crito on prudence and prosperityp. 63
Plato : philosophy as the regrowth of wingsp. 65
Plato's dialogues and lettersp. 68
Seventh letterp. 69
Timaeusp. 72
Phaedrusp. 82
Phaedop. 92
Theaetetusp. 96
Symposiump. 98
Neoplatonic hermeneutics and the way to Godp. 109
On the life of Plotinusp. 114
Enneadsp. 118
Letter to Marcellap. 140
Exhortation to philosophyp. 148
On the Mysteries of the Egyptiansp. 166
Commentary on the golden versesp. 177
Commentary on Plato's Phaedrusp. 188
Proclus or about happinessp. 195
Commentary on Plato's alcibiades Ip. 201
Theology of Platop. 209
Commentary on the timaeus of Platop. 224
Commentary on the Chaldean Oraclesp. 244
Commentary on Plato's parmenidesp. 249
Commentary on Plato's phaedop. 272
On the first principlesp. 282
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ISBN: 9780941532617
ISBN-10: 0941532615
Series: Treasures of the World's Religions
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 1st November 2004
Publisher: World Wisdom Books
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.5