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REVIEWS. Porphyry To Marcella. Translated by Alice Zimmern.
[London: Redway. i896. Price 35. 6d.' This is one of the most
pleasing books that fortune has lately brought into onr hands.
Tastefully and artistically printed and bound, s'mpathetically and
daintily translated, it is a treatise that every theo- sophical
student should hasten to place on his shelves. If we wish to learn
the ethical principles of that great theology and theosophy which
was handed on by Orpheus, Pythagoras and Plato to that brilliant
school of thinkers which surrounded the declining years of Rome
with unfading lustre?if we would understand what true philosophy
can produce at its best, then we should turn to the pages of
Porphyry, who above all others was attracted to that school by the
ethical side of its teachings. At the age of seventy (302 A.d.),
Porphyry married a lady called Marcella; she was already a widow
with seven children, and the alliance was essentially " platonic."
Porphyry married Marcella to educate her and train up her children
in that theosophy which he loved better than life. It was to
comfort her and console her during his absence on a long journey,
that he penned this famous " Letter." One solitary and imperfect
MS. of Porphyry's wise words had survived the oblivion of the
centuries, and was discovered in the Ambrosian Library at Milan in
i8i6; and though several texts have been published, until the
present excellent translation of Miss Zimmern no version has ever
been given to the English-reading world. In fact, of versions,
there seems to be only an Italian translation in existence. Why so
charming and high-minded a treatise should have been left all these
years in such obscurity is hard to imagine; but Porphyry has never
been a favourite because of his fifteen books Contra...
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