admirable book contains many of the greatest
arcana, of the ancient theology, respecting gods
and daemons, their cultivation and commerce, and
the conjunction of the soul with divinity. It
fully solves all doubts concerning the
impassivity of a divine nature; demonstrates its
omnipresence, and never-failing energy; shews
that we are continually surrounded with its
light; and that all the divinities subsist in
indivisible union and indissoluble consent."
From, Thomas Taylor. "The
History of the Restoration of the Platonic
Theology." TTS VII, pg, 227.
Mysteries translated by Thomas Taylor
is available here for the first time online.
Chalcidensis ex Coele-Syria, De mysteriis
liber. Thomas Gale's 1678 editio
princeps of the Greek Text with his Latin
translation is available in a facsimile
electronic edition here for the first time. This
was the first ever printing of the Greek text
which had hitherto circulated since composition
in manuscript form only. Thomas Taylor used this
edition for his translation and Gale's was the
only edition of the Greek until Parthey's
defective text of 1857.
Theurgia or On the
Mysteries of Egypt trans. Alexander Wilder (Offsite Link) Available
at Joseph H. Peterson's astonishingly
Twilight Grotto. (Offsite Link)
and summary of the the text. (Offsite Link) Stephen
Ronan's extremely useful summary which links the
doubts of Porphyry to the divine Iamblichus'
masterful replies. It would be most profitable
to study this summary before tackling the often
rambling text of the source material.
the Mysteries translated by Clarke,
Dillon and Hershbell. (Brill and SBL) The
first modern English translation along with the
standard critical edition of the Greek text as
established by Edouard Des Places. This
translation is remarkable for its clarity,
precision and the translators' sensitivity to
the Iamblichean worldview. As one reviewer
remarked, this translation "will certainly
remain the standard and authoritative edition
for years to come... Every student of late
antiquity will want to have this significant
volume in her or his library." This volume
is easily worth "all the gold in Lydia."
Material In Print
Theurgy and the Soul by Gregory Shaw.
(Pennsylvania State University Press) This
astonishingly lucid work is easily the most
important work on Iamblichean Theurgy ever
written. Professor Shaw handles the material
deftly and with a rare sympathy giving the
reader an insight into the scope, beauty and
intrinsic value of the Iamblichean worldview. He
highlights the divine Iamblichus' departure from
the growing trend in some later Platonic circles
of an almost gnostic contempt for embodiment. In
short I can not recommend this work highly
enough. Every page is a total joy.