Plōtinu hapanta Plotini opera omnia: Porphyrii Liber De Vita Plotini Cum Marsilii Ficini Commentariis Et Ejusdem Interpretatione Castigata, Volume 1

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The greatest of the Neoplatonic philosophers, Plotinus taught a system of thought that would dominate later Greek philosophy and influence both Christian and Islamic ideology. Delphi’s Ancient Classics series provides eReaders with the wisdom of the Classical world, with both English translations and the original Latin and Greek texts.  This comprehensive eBook presents Plotinus’ complete extant works, with beautiful illustrations, informative introductions and the usual Delphi bonus material. (Version 1)

* Beautifully illustrated with images relating to Plotinus’ life and works
* Features the complete extant works of Plotinus, in both English translation and the original Greek
* Concise introduction to the Plotinus’ work
* Includes Stephen MacKenna’s seminal translation
* Excellent formatting of the texts
* Easily locate the chapters you want to read with individual contents tables
* Provides a special dual English and Greek text of the ‘Enneads’, allowing readers to compare the sections chapter by chapter – ideal for students
* Features three bonus biographies – discover Plotinus’ ancient world
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CONTENTS:

The Translation
ENNEADS

The Greek Text
CONTENTS OF THE GREEK TEXT

The Dual Text
DUAL GREEK AND ENGLISH TEXT

The Biographies
ON THE LIFE OF PLOTINUS AND THE ARRANGEMENT OF HIS WORK by Porphyry
LIFE OF PLOTINOS by Eunapius
LIFE OF PLOTINOS by Suidas

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The head is the most divine part of the body and ruler of all other parts. The gods endowed the front of the head with organs informing the forethought of the soul.

First they constructed light-bearing eyes so that the pure fire within us, which is akin to that of day, flows through the eyes in a smooth and dense stream — from within without. In daylight, a fire-stream issuing from the eye meets a fire-stream coming from the object of vision, i.e., it flows out like unto like and, coalescing therewith, it forms one kindred substance along the path of the eyes’ vision. And this substance, having all become similar in its properties because of its similar nature, distributes the motions of every object it touches, or is touched, throughout the body and informs the soul thus bringing about that sensation which we now term “seeing.”

The soul when looking outwardly see the shadows and images of other souls. But when she looks inwardly, she evolves her own essence and the reasons which she contains.

At first, she sees herself. When she penetrates deeper into the knowledge of herself, she finds within herself both intellect, and the orders of beings. When she proceeds even deeper, she perceives with eyes closed the celestial hierarchies and the essential unity of being.

Love is its own act and harvests the spectacle of celestial beauty. Love is the eye of the desirer. By its power, the lover can see the beloved. Sight sees out of time, in an instant. The other senses function in time.

My eye and God’s eye is one eye, one sight, one knowledge, one love. If the soul shall see with the right eye into eternity, then the left eye must be as though it were dead.

Brahma moves about, becoming manifold within the heart, where the arteries meet, like the spokes fastened in the nave of a chariot wheel. Iris is the chariot wheel. The aperture of the eye is the axle hole.

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