What a pleasure to be the first reviewer of this learned scholarly academic treatise by Dr. Carlos Steel!
It is not realized by the vulgar minds in the 21st Century [We no longer teach our young ancient Classical Greek and Classical Latin in U.S.] that Proclus was the pre-eminent scholar of the Platonic corpus in the Late Ancient and Medieval Period. Furthermore, it was this treatie that stamped one as a competent Platonist, since it was the final treatise to be mastered by the student.
Many theologians shamelessly and slavishly stole from this treatise without giving proper ethical citations. It is 'scientific theology.'
We scholars have been waiting 143 years for a competent edition of this classical text. The Paris 1864 edition of Victor Cousin (which I have had in my personal classical library for 40 years) of this treatise was ugly to the eye to read and full of annoying misprints, blunders and incompetent manuscript readings.
To the young Classical scholar [student or teacher] you must admit this treatise in your personal library. There is much income to be afforded by dealing with Proclus' learned insights for the post-modern religious reading audiences hungering for the 'pretense' of learning. Merely think of the money Thomas Taylor made in 1825 when he published his book, "The Fragments that remain of the Lost Writings of Proclus" (1825, Black, Young, and Young publishers).
As an old scholar (I am 61 years of age [See Cicero's treatise 'Cato Major de Senectute' for the technical definition "When one turns 60 years of age (s)he is old"] this July, 2008), I am pleasantly jealous and envious that my young scholars have the rich opportunity to purchase this magnum opus.
I hope Dr. Steel will do a translation of this treatise, since he alone understands the subtlty and nuance of semantic drift of many technical philosophical terminologies used by the professional philosophers of the Late ancient world.
Amazon.com is doing a grave service to make this book even more affordable by its discount price. I had to pay several hundred dollars for my reprint of the Victor Cousin Paris edition.
Read and enjoy this great work!
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