Workshop: Orpheus, Plato and Myths of Initiation

What topics are covered by the course?

Topic includes mysterious myth of the torn-apart Dionysus who is regenerated from his heart through the power of Apollo and Athena has to tell us about our own journey through the realms of mortality.

Who should attend?

Potential attendees should attend.

What will I be able to do on completion?

Attendees will be able to know about the fragments of Orphic teachings that have survived the long centuries together with the insights of Plato and the later Platonists.

How will I be assessed?

Not Applicaple

One of the most important tributaries to the great river that is the Platonic tradition is that of the mystical Orphic mythology and theology. As Proclus (the 5th century head of the Platonic Academy) wrote "All the theology of the Greeks is the progeny of the sacred initiations of Orpheus. For Pythagoras first learned the celebrations of the Gods from Aglaophemus [the pupil of Orpheus]; but Plato was the second who received a perfect science of these, both from the Pythagorean, and Orphic writings."

In doing so we may see in a new light the Platonic teaching of the immortal soul which recovers itself by drawing its divided powers together through the discovery of its divine core. This recovery, said Plato, is an act of memory - for deep within the self lies the truths of the eternal realm waiting to be brought to light in order to illuminate our lives.

Over recent years a number of gold tablets have been found in the graves of Orphic devotees from all around the Mediterranean world. Inscribed upon these tablets are short but profound texts designed to remind the departing soul of its continuing need to hold to the Orphic path: many of them have the following beautiful formula -

"I am a child of Earth and starry Sky, but my race is heavenly. You yourselves know this. I am parched with thirst and am dying, but quickly grant me cold water flowing from the lake of Memory."

Thus the cult initiations of Orphic teaching and the philosophic initiations of the Platonic teaching converge and speak of one underlying truth.

Tim Addey is the author of several books on philosophy and myth, and a teacher with the Prometheus Trust.

Venue Details: New Acropolis, 19 Compton Terrace, London N1 2UN, United Kingdom.

Category: Classes / Courses | Professional Training | Talks & Lectures.

Artists / Speakers: Tim Addey.

Guide Price: General: GBP 45, Concessions: GBP 25.

Delivery: Other
Category: Philosophy »
Duration: On Saturday May 06, 2017 at 10:15 am (ends Saturday May 06, 2017 at 5:30 pm).

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