Measures of Wisdom – The Cosmic Dance in Classical and Christian Antiquity by James Miller


Publisher, University of Toronto Press, Toronto, 1986
Hardback, pp. xiii + 652 + illustrations.
Condition, Used – Very-Good. Bound in blue book-cloth with white text to spine and decorative image and title to front-cover. This volume has a library stamp on the title-page, otherwise it is free of foxing, notes and highlights. The text-block is solid and clean. The binding shows some signs of shelf-life otherwise it is a nice copy.

This analysis of evidence for images of dance in relation to philosophical visions of the cosmos focuses upon nine crucial passages from Plato, Philo, Acts of John, Plotinus, Calcidius, Julian, Gregory of Nazianzus, Proclus, and Pseudo-Dionysius. Miller interprets the cosmic dance as an evolving variation on the Platonic (and Neoplatonic) archetypal conception of culture as a choral imitation of the universe. He compresses his intricate thesis into one sentence: “to be considered cultured one must be fully trained in the dance.”

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