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Porphyry the Philosopher

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This book contains a translation of the Introduction to the Tetrabiblos written by famous third century philosopher Porphyry. It is a sort of Astrological Dictionary, defining most of the technical terms used by the Greek astrologers of the Classical Period. The volume also contains a translation of the short treatise on astrological technical terms by Serapio of Alexandri ...more
Paperback, 94 pages
Published April 14th 2010 by American Federation of Astrologers (first published February 1986)
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Erick
I didn't find this work all that interesting. Firstly, Thomas Taylor, in his Select Works of Porphyry, noted several cases of Porphyry simply quoting from the Sentences of Sextus and the Sentences of Demophilus in this supposedly personal letter. Secondly, and on top of that, this polemicist towards Christianity didn't mind shamefully and unabashedly stealing ideas and terms from the religion he was a noted opponent of. You can search in vain in Plato's writings for terms like faith, hope and lo ...more
Luka V. Račić
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jedan od najsažetijih tekstova neoplatonizma (uz Pseudo-Longinov spis "O uzvišenom") , koji srževito otkriva ne samo bit ovog čitanja Platonovog učenja, prosejanog kroz nasleđe staroistočne, egipatske i akadske učenosti (Plotin je bio Egipćanin, Porfirije Sirijac), već i suštinu istinske ljubavi prema mudrosti kao takve; kanonski u "žanru" filozofskih uteha kojima pripadaju i Senekino "Utešno pismo majci Helviji" Plutarhovo "Utešno pismo ženi Timokseni povodom smrti kćerke" i naravno Boetijev ma ...more
Constantinos Nterziotis
A crystal clear text about the right attitude of approaching the God, the salvation of the soul, the role of philosophy on that process.
Peter Storm
I really enjoyed this look into the personal life of this great philosopher.
TR
Sep 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very moving meditation about what's truly important in life. Similar to one of Seneca's letters.
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Porphyry's parents were Phoenician, and he was born in Tyre. His parents named him Malchus ("king") but his teacher in Athens, Cassius Longinus, gave him the name Porphyrius ("clad in purple"), possibly a reference to his Phoenician heritage, or a punning allusion to his name and the color of royal robes.

Porphyry of Tyre (Greek: Πορφύριος, Porphyrios, AD c. 234–c. 305) was a Neoplatonic philosophe
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