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Select Works of Porphyry [Paperback]

Thomas Taylor
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19 Mar 2004
1823. Thomas Taylor was one of the outstanding translators of the philosophical writings of the Greeks and Romans, and also published several original works on philosophy and mathematics. Many of his important contributions in these fields have been long out-of-print and are extremely difficult to obtain, having been issued in very small editions. Most of Taylor's translations have an archaic elegance which preserves the spirit of the older authors in a manner not evident in more recent translations. Taylor also added notes and commentaries which give valuable insight into the essential meaning often obscure in the actual text. Contains: Abstinence from Animal Foods; His Treatise on the Homeric Cave of the Nymphs; and His Auxiliaries to the Perception of Intelligible Natures. Taylor's Allegory on the Wanderings and Trials of Ulysses completes this volume. See the many other works by this author available from Kessinger Publishing.
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  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Kessinger Publishing Co (19 Mar 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0766188108
  • ISBN-13: 978-0766188105
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,248,936 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The second volume in the Prometheus Trust's Thomas Taylor
Series, this is a quality hardback, sewn, and bound in purple library
buckram with gold blocking. The Prometheus Trust has produced all of the
writings and translations of Thomas Taylor in this classic series, often
adding many useful cross references, standard line numbering, and
explanatory notes. The Series presents the works of Taylor in a clear
modern typeface, and is not a poor quality facsimile editon.

The translator, Thomas Taylor (1858-1835), should be considered as one of
the giants of western philosophy - certainly no modern translator has been
so immersed in thought of ancient Platonic philosophy. He was, it is said,
"a scholar and a mystic" and not only provided the backbone to the American
transcendentalist school, but also inspired the whole English romantic
movement. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good rare item 16 Jun 2009
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3.0 out of 5 stars Select Works of Porphyry, by Porphyry of Tyre, Taylor,Thomas 22 May 2002
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(Now reprinted). This work consists of (1) Abstinence from Animal Food. Far more than a defense of vegetarianism, this work is a significant resource for Pagan religious symbolism. (2) Auxiliaries to the Perception of Intelligible Natures (i.e. the Sententiae) 44 aphoristic formulations, mostly based on Plotinus. (3) Concerning Homer's Cave of the Nymphs is Porphyry's fine allegorical essay upon the Cave of the Nymphs in the Odyssey Book XIII. Thomas Taylor (1758-1835) the `English Platonist,' was the indefatigable translator of Plato, Aristotle, and the Neoplatonists into English. His work remains of great value, not only for its marked influence on the Romantics and various mystical writers (e.g. Shelley, Wordsworth, Blake, Emerson), but also for Taylor's profound empathy and understanding of the Pagan religious background of Neoplatonism. The fact that Taylor's translations are, in many cases, still the only ones ensures the continuing relevance of his work.
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