The sources of the Roman Private Ritual

INTRODUCTION   It is possible to individuate two intertwined, but distinct, dimensions in the religious conception of Cult in Ancient Rome, the Public Cult, linked to the welfare of the Roman State, and Private or domestic Cult. This presentation aims to briefly illustrate the ancient sources of the contemporary Roman private cult, showing its most […]

For the first time in Rome the European Congress of Ethnic Religions

A great four-day event, with the participation of delegations from fifteen European countries and a representation from the US, culminated in an intense and luminous common ritual on the sacred hill of the Palatine on the 2771st anniversary of Rome foundation, the “Dies Natali”.  So it was the sixteenth Congress of the ECER – European […]

A Travel toward Neoplatonic Mysticism. A philosophical itinerary (X)

Plotinus: the foundation of Neoplatonism. By the middle of the third century, the times were ripe for the foundation of Neoplatonism. Plotinus had certainly captured the legacy of his master Ammonius Sacca, who, like Socrates, had left nothing written, but probably had positions very close to Plotinus’ Neoplatonism. Numerous writings of Numenius of Apamea were […]

A Travel Toward Neoplatonic Mysticism. A philosophical itinerary (IX)

At the dawn of Neoplatonism: Chaldean Oracles. During the reign of Marcus Aurelius, Julian the Theurgist, son of Julian the Chaldean, received a series of divine messages that were later referred to as the Chaldean Oracles (χαλδαικὰ λόγια) for their Mesopotamian style and that became soon an essential component to the nascent Neoplatonism. These texts, […]

A Travel Toward Neoplatonic Mysticism. A philosophical itinerary (VIII)

“We can understand material objects by comparison to similar objects, looking at the similarities of the surrounding things. But concerning the Good, there is no way to know it, neither by comparison with material objects nor with any perceptible thing that could resemble it. Hence, we need a different approach. Like when a person observes […]

A Travel Toward Neoplatonic Mysticism. A philosophical itinerary (VI)

Aristotle’s Metaphysics: ousiology and theology. In the previous article we have introduced Aristotle’s Metaphysics and its division in four disciplines: etiology (search of the first causes), ontology, ousiology, and theology. As we have already treated the first two, in this article we complete this introduction to Aristotle’s Metaphysics introducing ousiology and theology. Ousiology Let’s present […]

A Travel Toward Neoplatonic Mysticism. Aristotile’s etiology and ontology (V)

Plato was a great visionary, a revolutionary of philosophy, a valiant captain crossing the Ocean of Knowledge. He dared to leave the natural philosophy of the perceptible world and to reach the verticality of the world of forms. He understood that earlier philosophy was not dealing with reality, but with an incomplete and deluding representation […]