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Sapere-Zitat für den Monat Juli

Ἀρχαῖον οἶμαι καὶ λίαν Πλατωνικὸν ὑπὸ προσχήματι φαυλοτέρας ὑποθέσεως κρύπτειν τὰ ἐν φιλοσοφίᾳ σπουδαῖα, τοῦ μήτε τὰ μόλις εὑρεθέντα πάλιν ἐξ ἀνθρώπων ἀπόλλυσθαι, μήτε ολύνεσθαι δήμοις βεβήλοις ἐκκείμενα. τοῦτο τοίνυν ἐζηλώθη μὲν ὅτι μάλιστα τῷ παρόντι συγγράμματι·εἰ δὲ καὶ τούτου τυγχάνει, καὶ τὰ ἄλλα περιττῶς εἰς τὸν ἀρχαῖον τρόπον ἐξήσκηται, ἐπιγνοῖεν ἂν οἱ μετὰ φιλοσόφου φύσεως αὐτῷ συνεσόμενοι. 

It is, I believe, an ancient practice, and trulöy Platonic one, to conceal serious philosophical matters under cover of some more trivial theme, so that hard-won discoveries may not again be lost to humanity, but yet not be defiled by exposure to the profane vulgar. This has been very much my aim in the present work. Whether it achieves this object and is moreover well crafted in the ancient style, is for readers of a philosophical cast of mind to judje.


Synesius, De insomniis, On Prophecy, Dreams and Human Imagination, SAPERE-Bd. 24, S. 12f.

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