Orpheus and the Roots of Platonism

Algis Uždavinys, London: Matheson Trust, 2011, 118 p.


A book on the religious, mystic origins and substance of philosophy. This is a critical survey of ancient and modern sources and of scholarly works dealing with Orpheus and everything related to this major figure of ancient Greek myth, religion and philosophy. Here poetic madness meets religious initiation and Platonic philosophy. This book contains fascinating insights into the usually downplaid relations between Egyptian initiation, Greek mysteries and Plato’s philosophy and followers, right into Hellenistic Neoplatonic and Hermetic developments.

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Table of contents

Preface   ix

  1. A Model of Unitive Madness 1
  2. Socratic Madness 5

III. Socrates as Seer and Saviour   9

  1. Philosophy, Prophecy, Priesthood 17
  2. Scribal Prophethood 19
  3. Eastern and Greek Prophethood 21

VII. Inside the Cultic Madness of the Prophets   25

VIII. Egyptian Priesthood   32

  1. Orpheus as Prophet 37
  2. Orpheus and the Pythagorean Tradition 41
  3. Orpheus and Apollo 44

XII. Orphic Revolution   47

XIII. Knowledge into Death  52

XIV. Telestic Restoration   58

  1. Lyre of Orpheus 61

XVI. Cosmic Unfolding of the One   64

Orpheus and the Roots of Platonism  viii

XVII. Recollection and Cyclic Regression    68

XVIII. Orphic and Platonic Forms   72

XIX. Method of Philosophical Catharsis   76

  1. Deification of the Egyptian Initiate-Philosopher. . . 79

XXI. From Homer to Hermetic Secrecy   84

XXII. Into the Mysteries   89

XXIII. Beyond the Tomb   93

XXIV. Conclusion   97

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