Marsilio Ficino: His Theology, His Philosophy, His Legacy by Michael Allen (Brill's Studies in Intellectual History, Volume 108)

By Michael J. B. Allen, Valery Rees, Martin Davies

This quantity includes 21 essays on Marsilio Ficino (1433-99), the Florentine scholar-philosopher-magus-priest who used to be the architect of Renaissance Platonism. They forged interesting new gentle on his theology, philosophy, and psychology in addition to on his effect and resources.

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6 (Life of Plato), I, pp. 281-83. 7 Augustine, urban of God, VIII. 26 and XVIII. eight. even if Augustine discusses the writings of Hermes in a few element, he cautions his reader opposed to Hermes's perspectives. Brian Copenhaver rates a letter wrongly attributed to Manetho via the Byzantine George Syncellus. The letter is addressed to Ptolemy II Philadelphus (282-229 BC). The citation concludes, 'I shall current to you the sacred books that i've got learnt approximately, written by means of your ancestor, Hermes Trismegistus . . . ' Syncellus provides, 'This is what he says concerning the translation of the books written through the second one Hermes.

Forty seven, which he rendered philosophus summus. The pagan Diogenes Laertius, grasp of quite a bit Hellenic concept and knowledge, therefore corroborated the Greek and Latin Church Fathers who had so well-known Plato, supplying Renaissance readers with extra proof of Plato's designated apprehension of upper knowledge. Marsilio Ficino could later immerse himself in Traversari's rendering, seriously annotating a manuscript now within the Laurentian Library (MS LXXXIX inf. forty eight) and paying detailed awareness to bills of Plato's doctrines on immortality, the top sturdy and to descriptions of the philosopher's own holiness and 'discernment of the divine life'.

Because it was once for all Platonists, for Plotinus concept and highbrow self-discipline have been very important. yet Plotinus brought a component into the matter of ascent which was once self-consciously leading edge, a lot in order that it will end up rejected by way of so much of his successors within the Platonic culture. This used to be the idea that the person human soul had now not descended complete from the immaterial global. 19 fairly, part of each one human being's person soul had remained within the supramaterial realm, on the hypostatic point of Nous, or maybe Soul.

By means of C. Salaman, D. Van Oyen, W. Wharton within the method of Hermes, London, 1999, p. 10. All quotations from the Corpus Hermeticum hereafter are taken from this translation. lD Hermetica, ed. Scott, p. eleven. sixteen Corpus Hermeticum, ed. by means of A. D. Nock, French tr. via A. -J. Festugiere, four vols, Paris, 1945-54; repr. Paris, 1991, I, p. v. 17 Copenhaver, Hermetica, p. vii. ECHOES OF EGYPT IN HERMES AND FICINO 1 19 There existed at the moment in Alexandria and Palestine a 'Throne Mysticism' during which the initiated rose throughout the seven palaces of Heaven to behold the Kabod, the luminous glory of God within the form of a guy.

351-52. it really is maybe noteworthy that Varchi himself maintained shut ties with the Camaldolese. Connections among the Camaldolese and the continuation of those traditions are mentioned in my drawing close publication at the Camaldolese order and the Renaissance. THE CAMALDOLESE ACADEMY 39 intelligentia as masculine and female elements within the rational soul. Female-dominated societies of antiquity, just like the Amazons who worshipped the moon as a goddess, obliquely affirmed intellect's supremacy over will.

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