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Exploring the forgotten and rejected story of Western thought

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    • Education

Exploring the forgotten and rejected story of Western thought

    Claudius Ptolemy and the Tetrabiblos

    Claudius Ptolemy and the Tetrabiblos

    We discuss Claudius Ptolemy (no relation), synthesiser of Hellenistic astronomy/astrology to the mediæval world and beyond, and his two great works, the Almagest and the Tetrabiblos. Come for the naturalistic account of astral causation, stay for the planetary talismans.

    • 31 min
    Numerical Mysteries: Nichomachus of Gerasa, Arithmology, and Second-Century Neopythagoreanism

    Numerical Mysteries: Nichomachus of Gerasa, Arithmology, and Second-Century Neopythagoreanism

    Speculations about the properties of number have been a major constituent of some western esoteric traditions. In this episode we examine the most important source of much of this tradition of arithmological thought, first- and second-century Neopythagoreanism, and the writings of one crucial thinker in particular: Nicomachus of Gerasa.

    • 35 min
    Matteo Martelli on the Pseudo-Democritus

    Matteo Martelli on the Pseudo-Democritus

    In the previous episode we surveyed alchemy from its beginnings to the present day; in this episode we go back to the roots. Matteo Martelli has produced the first critical edition of the fragments of the Pseudo-Democritus, our earliest-known work of alchemy. We discuss the secrets found within its pages.

    • 32 min
    Introducing Alchemy with Lawrence Principe

    Introducing Alchemy with Lawrence Principe

    Here it finally is: Alchemy! This interview is a superb introduction to the Hermetick Art from Lawrence Principe, a man who knows how to ‘read, read, read’, but also how to practice.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Other Gospels and Alien Gods: Marcion of Sinope

    Other Gospels and Alien Gods: Marcion of Sinope

    We look at Marcion of Sinope, the final arch-heretic in our ‘unholy trinity’. Marcion compiled the first Christian textual canon – he wrote the first Bible – but this was not your grandma's Bible. Demiurgy, transcendence, and some interesting questions of textual hermeneutics abound.

    • 35 min
    Geoffrey Smith on Valentinus and Valentinianism

    Geoffrey Smith on Valentinus and Valentinianism

    Under the expert guidance of Geoffrey Smith, we explore the world-view of Valentinus – an elite intellectual Christian thinker of the second century – and his legacy – a reputation for the blackest heresy and a demiurgical Christian movement known nowadays as Valentinianism.

    • 50 min

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