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Guthrie - VIDA DE PLOTINO

quinta-feira 24 de março de 2022

LIFE OF PLOTINOS  , Porphyry   (translation Guthrie  )

I. PLOTINOS  , LIKE PORPHYRY  , DESPISED HIS PHYSICAL NATURE, BUT A PICTURE OF HIM WAS SECURED.

Plotinos   the philosopher, who lived recently, seemed ashamed of having a body. Consequently he never spoke of his family or home (Lycopolis, now Syput, in the Thebaid, in Egypt). He never would permit any body to perpetuate him in a portrait or statue. One day that Amelius begged him to allow a painting to be made of him, he said, "Is it not enough for me to have to carry around this imagef, in which nature has enclosed us? Must I besides transmit to posterity the image of this image as worthy of attention?" As Amelius never succeeded in getting Plotinos   to recon sider his refusal, and to consent to give a sitting, Amelius begged his friend Carterius, the most famous painter of those times, to attend Plotinos   s lectures, which were free to all. By dint of gazing at Plotinos  , Carterius so filled his own imagination with Plotinos   s features that he succeeded in painting them from memory. By his advice, Amelius directed Carterius in these labors, so that this portrait was a very good likeness. All this occurred without the knowledge of Plotinos  .


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