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Orpheus and the Roots of PlatonismRelated to this major figure of ancient Greek myth religion and philosophy Here poetic madness meets religious initiation and Platonic philosophy This book contains fascinating insig I want to believe

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Read Orpheus and the Roots of Platonism doc ë Paperback ð A book on the religious mystic origins and substance of philosophy This is a critical survey of ancient and modern sources and of scholarly works dealing with Orpheus and everything related to this major figure of ancient Greek myth religion and philosophy Here poetiHts into the usually downplaid relations between Egyptian initiation Greek mysteries and Plato's philosophy and followers right into Hellenistic Neoplatonic and Hermetic developments Perhaps I am the mummy like jackal who has come from the four corners of Nun and wishes to bark amongst the dogs of Seshat Algis Uždavinys 1962 2010 was an incredible scholar of classical theurgy and Greek philosophy While he claimed that with this book he had nothing else to say I can't help but feel his insights were congealing into a not uite yet realized but still marvelous synthesis of ancient thought This monograph is a exposition of philosophy as Orphean madness what Plato called erotike mania the desire for the divine banuet and wisdom

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A book on the religious mystic origins and substance of philosophy This is a critical survey of ancient and modern sources and of scholarly works dealing with Orpheus and everything This bizarre little book is an incoherent brain dump of brilliant ideas reflecting the author's Herculean effort to articulate key points of the lifeworld of antiuity viz knowledge initiation immortality and truth It's a prolegomena where a critiue is needed and although it contains many brilliant insights and stunning observations it's tedious and exhausting to read coming across like the ranting of an academic in the grip of a manic episode The name strikes me as almost entirely arbitrary Although Orpheus and Plato appear in the book Uždavinys dwells as much or about Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia Rome and Europe of the Middle Ages as he does on Greece I was deeply put off by his argument by apposition He strings thoughts together by association making no effort whatsoever to motivate or explain why a mystical rite of classical antiuity necessarily had any relationship to the teachings of a Persian Sufi in the eleventh century I can't comprehend what in Uždavinys's mind an argument consists of or really what he was doing on a very basic level other than rhapsodizing It didn't surprise me that he railed against methodical and careful scholars like M L West while praising similarly speculative authors like Jan Assmann whom he uotes liberally Like Assmann Uždavinys speculates in the most uninhibited way and posits coherence and unity between distant ideas seemingly at his convenience The fragmentary nature of this odd compendium is perhaps most clearly brought across by its end or lack thereof It stops at a completely arbitrary point Despite these numerous and severe flaws Uždavinys undoubtedly was a master of secondary literature on the ancient world and the book contains a great many gems I believe his basic intuition is sound and I found his effort to expound on the nature of philosophic thought with respect to its transcendental content and his deft navigation of diverse traditions by which it played out in different forms to be at times virtuosic He gives an electrifying sense of the vitality of ancient philosophy and conveys the depth and profundity of its spiritual roots It's too bad he seems like such a deeply disorganized individual He could have been a truly great scholar of Peter Brown's caliber