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Meditations on the Soul: Selected Letters
The problems that taxed the minds of people during the Renaissance were much the same as those confronting us today. In their perplexity, many deep-thinking people sought the advice of Marsilio Ficino (1433-99), the leader of the Platonic Academy in Florence, a magnet for the most brilliant scholars of 15th-century Europe.
In devoting his life to the study and translation o...more
Published by Inner Traditions Bear and Company
(first published April 1997)
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For anyone who appreciates the wisdom of Hermeticism and Neoplatonism, this volume provides a crisply translated and intimate look at the great translator of Hermes himself, Marsilio Ficino. I found Ficino's short thoughts and long explanations to heads of state, friends, and foes alike, a very refreshing practicum in the daily struggle to raise the mind and nourish the soul.
Jul 26, 2009 Adodom rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in philosophy & religion
I lost this book about five years ago and could not find it. I thought it was gone until Friday when I found it double-shelved in my bookcase. Thank God. I finally finished the last few pages left to read and what a beautiful read they were.
Marsilio Ficino is one of the most under-appreciated figures of the Florentine Renaissance. This is fitting for one who never sought fame for himself, but a real loss for people today who could benefit from his insights. In the employ of the Medici family, he translated the works of Plato, Plotinus, and others from Greek to Latin, making them accessible again to the West and sparking the revival of Idealism that still continues to inspire. This book, a selection of his letters to friends and col...more