6070Re: Re: [neoplatonism] Re: Calling all astrologers!
- Oct 11, 2013M.C. I think it's safe to say there's no fragment of Porphyry that hasn't
been studied. But an overall survey of Porphyry's position on astrology
remains a scholarly desideratum which I may try to fulfill one day. One
might start by translating the Introduction to Ptolemy, unless someone's
already done so.Most of the Introduction is actually copied from Antiochus of Athens. David Pingree did most of the preliminary leg work on this text. The introductory paragraph, (as I argued in "Who though the stars are cause?" in Metaphysical Patterns in Platonism, eds. Finamore and Berchman, 2007), shows Porphyry's enthusiasm for technical astrology that Iamblichus tries to redirect into a higher sort of astrology (as an aide to theurgy). It is also probably the type of thing he brought to Plotinus prompting his response in Ennead II.3.Has anyone looked at this recent translation of the Introduction?
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