Thanks to this year’s alignment of lunar and solar calendars, the festivals and commemorations are coming hard and fast.Continue reading “Kala Thargelia! Kala Platoneia!”
Freely He Gave, to Plato’s Sacred Page
Today we mark the nativity of one of my heroes: Thomas Taylor, born 15 May 1758. Taylor was known as “the English Platonist” for his voluminous and preternaturally astute writings and translations, and as “the English pagan” for his habit of pouring libations to Greek and Roman Gods in the back garden.Continue reading “Freely He Gave, to Plato’s Sacred Page”
Happy birthday, Proclus!
Today marks the 1,609th anniversary of the birth of that pious and brilliant philosopher, successor of Plato, Proclus.
A few fun things to honor the occasion:
- A poem I wrote last year for Proclus’ nativity.
- Edward Butler’s oration for Proclus’ 1,600th birthday.
- The biography of Proclus, written by Marinus, his colleague and successor in the Academy.
- Also, apparently Proclus has a crater on the Moon named in his honor. Who knew?