2069Re: Iamblichus 'eye of wisdom' alleged reference
- May 12, 2008
>three eyes: one with
> And there is this article by Michael Allen:
> Marsilio Ficino on Plato's Pythagorean Eye
> Michael J. B. Allen
> MLN, Vol. 97, No. 1, Italian Issue. (Jan., 1982), pp. 171-182.
> (at JSTOR)
> This relates that Ficino, in his Philebus commentary, states:
> "Among the wisest men of Greece arose the saying that Plato had
> which he looked at human things, another at natural things, andanother at divine things.
> The last was in his forehead, while the others were under hisforehead."'
>(but both likely
> Allen reports finding only two ancient sources for this tradition
> unfamiliar to Ficino).written perhaps by Elias or
> The first is in an anonymous prolegomena to Platonic studies
> someone else from Olympiodorus' school:[Plato] dreamt that he had
> "It is said, in fact, that having found the theory of ideas he
> a third eye.Well, that is fascinating, especially the Ficino reference, and I
will try to find that article by Prof Allen, and take a look at the
reference in Celsus too. I don't remember reading that in the Anon.
Seems odd that lizard would have a third eye since all else seems to
follow the symmetry of two's, right and left, but here we clearly
have at least vestigially a third. Not that I am up that much on
evolutionary biology, that there may be a third this or that
something else in the hundreds of millions of years of life on Earth.
All this is most curious.
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