2900Proclus' Theology of Plato - a seventh book?
- Dec 7, 2009In Taylor's 1812 introduction to his translation of the six books of
Proclus on the Theology of Plato he says "I have added a seventh book in
order to render the work complete; for without the development of the
mundane Gods, and the more excellent genera their perpetual attendants,
it would obviously be incomplete. From the catalogue of the manuscripts
in the late French King's library, it is evident that Proclus had
written a seventh book as some chapters of it are there said to be
extant in that library. These I have endeavoured, but without success,
to obtain." He adds as a footnote, "Proclus at the end of the first
book of this work says, 'that divine names will be accurately discussed
by him, when he comes to speak of partial powers.' This, however, is
not done by him in any one of the six books that are extant; which shows
that another book is wanting."
I know that Taylor's supposition that there was once a seventh book is
now generally considered to be wrong, but I would be interested to know
if anyone has followed up the "catalogue of manuscripts" and a possible
entry in it pointing to Proclus and a possible seventh book. Does the
catalogue of Louis XVI (I assume) still exist?
Alternatively, is there now clear evidence that the six books are
actually the complete work?
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