Chaldean oracles and theurgy: mysticism, magic and Platonism in the later Roman Empire. Front Cover. Yochanan Lewy. Institut français d’arcéologie orientale. Aries – Journal for the Study of Western Esotericism 14 () 95– ARIES Book Reviews ∵ Hans Lewy Chaldaean Oracles and Theurgy. Chaldaean oracles and theurgy: mysticism, magic and platonism in the later Roman Empire. Responsibility: Hans Lewy. Edition: Nouv. éd. / par Michel Tardieu.

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Please try again later. Giordano Paredros Top Contributor: Unfortunately Brepols now lists this the edition as “no longer unavailable”. Finally, this theury is back in print from Brepols Publishers, a Belgian publisher.

A search on “Brepols” will locate the publisher’s web site then search on the last name of the author, “Lewy”, to bring up the catalog informantion. It was announced in their December, catalog and is now available. Whether or not you agree with the author’s thesis this is an important book.


This is the fourth revised edition; noted scholar Michel Tardeau has brought it up to date.

As I said it is a revised edition, the previous revised edition was that ofthis is revised past that date. While not exactly cheap Brepols postage requirements seem reasonable, considering the exorbitant shipping and handling US deals often ask.

Students of Neoplatonism are inevitably confronted with the Chaldean oracles, a mysterious text whose origin is not definitively established. Xhaldean with Porphyry, all the major philosophers of late Antiquity – most notably Iamblichus and Proclus – made extensive use of it. This in-depth study by Hans Lewy is an invaluable document. In the book’s initial chapter, Lewy suggests that new fragments should be added to the body of oracles usually discussed, and in the following sections he presents a thorough analysis of the Chaldean system as it can be inferred from the available sources – the lenghty passages that consider the Chaldeans’ cosmology which includes a demonology and their rituals a whole chapter is devoted to the reconstitution of the Chaldeans’ immortalization of the soul are especially worth noting.

Lewy’s work is as vital for its actual content as for what it made possible thereafter. Professor Hans Lewy’s magisterial treatise requires a serious up-date, revision and cjaldean of older material. We have had several revolutions in Babylonian cuneiform scholarship and Egyptian Hieroglyphics textual philology in the past thirty years.

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What is required is a more sensible recognition of ancient insights presented in a lucid, concrete language for the modern mind. It is odd how oraces of our post-modern insights in our new Science of Cosmology and Theoretical Physics are captured in a very crude way by these two ancient super-powers: Furthermore, some attention must be given to the Persian Temple instruction system developed under Cyrus the Great: For these reasons, the treatise needs to be completely re-written.


A better philological analysis must be done on the various texts and the transmission of textual content better established. Malin, Cecilia, Louisiana See all 3 reviews. There’s a problem loading this menu right now.

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