The Chaldean Oracles are a set of spiritual and philosophical texts widely used by Neoplatonist philosophers from the 3rd to the 6th century CE. While the original texts have been lost, they have survived in the form of fragments consisting mainly of quotes and commentary by Neoplatonist writers. They were likely to have originally formed a single mystery-poem, which may have been in part compiled, in part received via trance, by Julian the Chaldean , or more likely, his son, Julian the Theurgist in the 2nd century CE. Later Neoplatonists, such as Iamblichus and Proclus , rated them highly.
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Suffering further from the absence of any apparatus, the first edition is at best occasionally untrustworthy, at worst unusable. Attention was initially drawn to the book by E. In the meantime, the Oracles have continued to benefit from lavish schol- arly attention. Essays in Honour of Peter Brown, ed. Their use not just in Neoplatonic but ancient Christian circles—including the Sethian Gnostics, whose apocalypses we know from Nag Hammadi—is now being explored: see most recently John D.
John D. Turner and Kevin Corrigan, 2 vols. Kraemer, ed. The reappearance of Lewy is therefore timely—and convenient. Copies of the second edition are exceedingly rare and thus expensive.
The third edition is, for the most part, a semi -affordable reprint of its predecessor. A handy bonus to this edition is the inclusion of a highly comprehensive bibliography on both the Chaldaean Oracles and theurgy what else? The answer is yes. Some of these insights remain unparalleled in recent scholarship. A fine example is his reconstruction of the rite of the mock- celebrating the death of the theurgist and modeled on the funeral of Patroclus pp.
It is dredged from a wide range of sources that are relatively difficult for beginners in the field in part due to a dearth of modern translations and editions, although this unfortunate situation is changing , and remains the only actual study of the question.
Brill, ], —, Indeed, a similarly wide-ranging, compendious study of theurgy and the Oracles which is built not upon the generation of Cumont but of Shaw or Athanassiadi is a desideratum.
Until such a study appears, Chaldaean Oracles and Theurgy, for all its flaws, remains not just a classic in the history of scholarship, but essential reading for students of Neoplatonism, later Greek religion, and Western esotericism. Dylan M. Burns dylanburns93 yahoo. Related Papers. Magic and Theurgy. By Sarah Iles Johnston. By Nicholas Marshall. By Dylan Burns. Apophatic Strategies in Allogenes. Download pdf. Remember me on this computer.
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Chaldean Oracles and Theurgy: Mysticism Magic and Platonism in the Later Roman Empire
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