GEDALIAHU G. STROUMSA. In a letter sent to Hans Lewy in , A. D. Nock wrote: “I look forward eagerly to your work on the Chaldaean Oracles, for this is a. Chaldaean Oracles And Theurgy has 3 ratings and 0 reviews: Published Hans Lewy Be the first to ask a question about Chaldaean Oracles And Theurgy. Hans LEWY. CHALDAEAN ORACLES AND THEURGY. Troisieme edition par Michel T A R D I E U avec un supplement «Les Oracles chaldai’ques .

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Karg marked it as to-read Sep 15, Julian claimed to have saved the Hxns camp from a severe drought by causing a rainstorm. Reconstructed bust believed to represent Plotinus. Daniel added it Aug 05, Chaldaean Oracles And Theurgy: They were likely to have originally formed a single mystery-poem, which may have been in part compiled, in part received via trance, by Julian the Chaldean, or more likely, his son, Julian the Theurgist in the 2nd century C.

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The circumstances surrounding the writing of the Oracles are also mysterious, the most likely explanation being that Chwldean uttered them after inducing a sort of trance, leading to the belief that they were handed down to Julian by the gods. The essence of Hellenistic civilization was the fusion of a Hellenic core of religious belief and social organization with Persian-Babylonian ” Chaldean “Israelite and Egyptian cultures, including their mysterious and enthusiastic cults and wisdom-traditions.


Salvation is achieved by an ascent through the planetary spheres, during which the soul casts off the various aspects of its lower soul, and becomes pure intellect. The Oracles further posit a barrier between the intellectual and the material realm, personified as Hecate.

The goal of existence then is to purify the lower soul of all contact with Nature and Fate by living a life of austerity and contemplation.

It is not known whether Julian the Chaldean was actually of Eastern descent, or whether the term “Chaldean” had by his time come to mean “magician” or practitioner of mysterious arts. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Mysticism, magic and platonism in the later Roman Empire.

In Egypt, the attempt to philosophize and lswy ancient religious content resulted in part in the writings conventionally attributed to Hermes Trismegistus.

Chaldaean Oracles And Theurgy: Mysticism, Magic And Platonism In The Later Roman Empire

By far the greatest number of the poem’s known fragments are found in the books of the later Platonic philosophers, who from the time of Porphyryand probably that of Plotinusheld these Oracles in the highest estimation.

A combination of ascetic conduct and correct ritual are recommended to free the soul from the confines of matter and limitations, and to defend it against the demonic powers lurking in some of the realms between Gods and mortals.


Psellus’ work has been an important tool for interpreting earlier and more fragmentary excerpts from the Oracles. Neoplatonists including PorphyryIamblichusand Proclus wrote extensive commentaries on the Oracles which are now lost.

Prometheus Trust, oraclez edn. This has led some scholars, beginning with F. Paperbackpages. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Karen Higgins marked it as to-read Feb 21, Kroll published an edition arranging all known fragments in order of subject, and this is the basis of most later scholarly work.

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Books by Hans Lewy. In this latter capacity the Intellect is Demiurge. Jesse Wyatt marked it as to-read Aug 26, Whether or not they were composed by Julian himself, or whether Julian gans them from actual Chaldean originals, the oracles are mainly a product of Hellenistic and more precisely Alexandrian syncretism as practiced in the cultural melting-pot that was Alexandria, chaldena were credited with embodying many of the principal features of a “Chaldean philosophy”.

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